Sunday 20 October 2019

'Sleigh' on car roof nothing to do with me - Ross

Controversy: Councillor Kevin Day’s car with the sleigh and Christmas tree on top of it. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
Controversy: Councillor Kevin Day’s car with the sleigh and Christmas tree on top of it. Photo: Justin Farrelly.
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Transport Minister Shane Ross has said a controversial 'sleigh' on top of a car with his image emblazoned alongside a constituency colleague's has "nothing to do with him".

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) initially criticised the sleigh raising fears over its safety.

Councillor Kevin Daly, an ally of Mr Ross in his Dublin-Rathdown constituency, pledged to take down the large red box and Christmas tree from his vehicle as a "gesture of goodwill" - but he said it had been cleared by gardaí as safe.

Mr Ross and the chief executive officer of the RSA appeared together to mark the commencement of new laws around learner drivers yesterday.

"I've never driven the car, I never owned the car," Mr Ross said, adding that he didn't understand why he was criticised about it. "There's a photograph of me on the car, that's absolutely correct, but it was nothing to do with me."

Moyagh Murdock of the RSA said that comments made by the organisation were taken out of context and out of proportion.

"We were talking to Cllr Daly, he made contact with us and assured us of all of his safety measures," she said. "And I'd just like to say that even Santa Claus has been in touch to see if he's obeying the law and we want to make sure everyone is safe and protected on our roads this Christmas and nobody's exempt."

When the vehicle came to its attention, the RSA initially voiced concerns and said it should be taken down.

On Wednesday, a spokesman said: "We couldn't condone it...It doesn't look secure, it isn't safe and should be removed. It shouldn't be out on the road."

Irish Independent

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