Tuesday 22 October 2019

Not so fast, Gay

Gay Byrne's article relating to road safety and reduced garda numbers published in the Irish Independent (December 28) carries some remarks that are highly irresponsible for a man holding such a responsible position.

Mr Byrne states that when a group of "young fellows" are travelling together one of the passengers will inevitably say "Okay, Mick, this is a performance car, so let's see how she performs".

He then goes on to say that three minutes later, they are all dead after the car ploughs into a wall.

I think these comments are irresponsible and tarnish the image of all young males in the 17- to 24-year age bracket. Apparently Gaybo was never in this demographic.

Mr Byrne alludes to the extra costs placed on An Garda Siochana by the visit of Elizabeth Windsor but he was happy to preside over events during said visit.

I welcome the reduced number of road deaths this year but has Mr Byrne realised this could be due to the recession?

With higher unemployment, higher emigration and the increased cost of motoring, people are travelling less. The motorist has been squeezed for every cent they have.

John G Gallagher

Kinnegad, Co Westmeath

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