Transport Minister Shane Ross wants a total ban on alcohol for all drivers.
Mr Ross is currently at war with some of his Government colleagues and Opposition TDs over his plan to disqualify first-time drink drivers from driving.
Now, in an interview with the Sunday Independent, Mr Ross reveals he wants to make it illegal to drive after drinking any alcohol.
"I'd like to reduce it to very close to zero because the indications are, and this is World Health Organisation statistics not mine, that any amount of alcohol impairs," he says.
"It's not something that people here feel is palatable to accept but that's the implications and I'd like to bring it lower because you save lives by stopping people drinking," he adds.
First-time offenders currently face fines and penalty points for drink driving.
Source: Philip Ryan, The Irish Examiner, 14/05/17