Friday 22 September 2017

Rear View: Danny and the right to drive tipsy

Danny Healy Rae
Danny Healy Rae
Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

If councillor Danny Healy-Rae is elected and joins his brother Michael in the Dáil, it will be a breakthrough for the tipsy motorists of Ireland. At Healy-Rae's instigation, Kerry County Council voted some years ago to back a motion allowing for people living in isolated areas to drink and drive.

One argument in favour of this is that with everyone driving on the wrong side of the road, there is less chance of collision.

With county councils not having jurisdiction over drunk driving, the Healy-Rae measure, alas, never became law. But who knows what the Kerryman could achieve if he held the balance of power in Leinster House?

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