Saturday 16 December 2017

Drink drive issue opened an urban-rural divide

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)
John Downing

John Downing

The real "Irish question" - just where can you get a pint on Good Friday? - appears resolved. But other questions related to the demon drink which can still dwarf many other political issues remain with us.

The Road Traffic (Fixed Penalty-Drink Driving) Bill 2017 has raised temperatures "for" and "against" with a pronounced urban-rural divide. This is another piece of law being pushed by Shane Ross, which has been long-fingered until September, though this one looks to be at serious risk of falling down the cracks altogether.

The party politics here are complex: Fianna Fáil is against it; Sinn Féin is in favour; Labour is thinking things over; and Fine Gael may be wobbling its way towards newly minted Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's first "free vote". The Independents can by definition make up their own minds - but watch the Government members of the Independent Alliance whose kingpin, Shane Ross, is driving this one as Transport Minister.

Please sign in or register with for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss