A permit to drink and drive...

Sample Title
A swift pint and off to the car

A permit to drink and drive...

A council in Ireland has voted to back a motion allowing some people to drive while above the legal alcohol limit. Kerry County Council will now ask the country’s Justice Minister to approve the creation of a permit that will allow rural drinkers to drive after having “two or three drinks”.

The controversial motion was put forward by Independent Councilor and local publican Danny Healy-Rae who claims it will help combat depression and suicide in the county, among people who have lost a social outlet due to stricter drink driving rules.

“There are many people locked in at home now in rural, isolated places who are looking at the four walls and they can’t get out because they can’t even have one drink,” he said. “They’re travelling in very minor roads, often on tractors, with very little traffic and it’s not right they’re being treated the same as the rest of the travelling public and they have never killed anyone.”

The motion has outraged many people in Kerry and across Ireland. Speaking to local media, Kerry mayor, Terry O’Brien, said: “It is incredibly dangerous. I don’t know how anybody can be allowed to say ‘You’ve had two pints, so you’re justified to drive’.” Others said the motion is to serve the interests of publicans. Three of the five councilors who supported the motion – including Healy-Rae himself – own pubs in County Kerry, and a fourth was Healy-Rae’s son.


About Expatsradio

Expats radio was started at the end of 2005 as a small test website to see if anybody would actually be interested in talking to us or listening to what we had to say. The answer? A resounding yes! Since then through a number of exciting developments and collaborations we have become even better. Read more

Latest blog posts

Special rates for your business ad

If your business needs promotion why not consider sponsoring a programme here on EPR?

We are putting together a new schedule!

EPR is working on new content at the moment so if you have a special interest, why not let us know? We are looking for content on topics such as gardening and building/maintenance.