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Saturday 17 August 2019

'Clancy amendment': New learner driver rules proposed after tragic crash husband's campaign

Noel Clancy and inset his wife Geraldine and daughter Louise
Noel Clancy and inset his wife Geraldine and daughter Louise

Niall O'Connor

CAR owners who permit learner drivers to use their vehicles unaccompanied could face prosecution for the first time under new measures being brought to Cabinet today.

Transport Minister Shane Ross will also seek approval to give gardaí the power to seize vehicles on the spot - if a learner driver is driving unaccompanied.

The proposals are being dubbed the 'Clancy amendment' - in recognition of a campaign by Cork man Noel Clancy.

Mr Clancy lost his wife and daughter in a crash that was caused by an unaccompanied learner driver.

The amendments being proposed by Mr Ross aim to clamp down on such practice.

Geraldine and Louise Ann Clancy drowned after their car was flipped into a flooded ditch in a road traffic collision three days before Christmas in 2015.

The accident happened less than 1km from the Clancy's family farm.

The driver, Susan Gleeson (21) pleaded guilty before Cork Circuit Criminal Court to dangerous driving causing the death of Geraldine (58) and Louise Ann (22).

Ms Gleeson, a neighbour of the family, was given a three year suspended prison sentence.

Tragically, one of the first to arrive on the scene in a bid to help shortly after 11am that day was Noel Clancy.

He initially didn't recognise the overturned Ford as their family car - and discovered just minutes later that his wife and daughter had both died.

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