Thursday 23 November 2017

"A vote for me is a vote for common sense," says councillor who wanted to permit drink driving

The Independent councillor who last year made an attempt to allow rural dwellers have two or three drinks and drive home has made a last-minute election video, saying a vote for him is a vote for common sense.

Danny Healy-Rae made his "final call" on the YouTube video, asking locals to vote for him tomorrow.

"When you needed me, I answered your call." he said.

"Please don't believe I have a safe seat. If your vote for me does not go into the box, it will not come out."

Last year, Mr Healy-Rae, who also works as a publican, tabled his controversial motion to allow rural dwellers to drive after drinking only if they kept their speed down and only travelled on quiet roads.

Mr Healy-Rae's request was passed by a small majority on Kerry County Council, where five councillors voted for it and three against. Seven councillors abstained and 12 were missing for the vote.

A German television show made a small documentary on the motion which was watched by around two million people overseas.

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