A strong case can be made for the proposed new tougher drink-driving rules but there is no escaping the challenging impact of the measure on rural life and the political difficulties that arise as a result.
The decision by Independent Alliance deputy Seán Canney, a TD for East Galway, to vote against the Bill sponsored by his group leader, Minister for Transport Shane Ross, is an indication of just how difficult the legislation is for many rural TDs.
Canney has voiced his opposition to what he described as “disproportionate” sanctions for the consumption of low levels of alcohol.
Fianna Fáil will vote against the Bill as will a number of Fine Gael TDs. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has made it clear that he expects Ministers to support the legislation but has indicated that backbenchers will be allowed a free vote.
Source: The Irish Times, 27/09/17