Danny Healy-Rae speaking before the Oireachtas Transport Committee on Wednesday.
ON WEDNESDAY, KERRY TD Danny Healy-Rae attacked plans to bring in tougher sanctions for people caught driving above the legal alcohol limit.
Ireland’s blood alcohol limit is 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood and Minister Shane Ross wants to make it so that anyone who is in any way above it gets an automatic driving ban.
The ban would last for three months and there would also be a €200 fine.
Opponents of the ban include Fianna Fáil and some independent TDs who say it would harshly take a licence from someone who might be marginally over the limit. Including those who may have been drinking the night before.
Instead, they want tougher penalties for people caught significantly above the limit.
Arguing against the automatic ban at the Oireachtas Transport Committee during the week, Healy-Rae said that banning drivers who were just over the limit amounted to “an attack on rural life”.
He said that other factors contributed to rural road deaths such as roads that are unsuitable for people to walk on.
“Nobody caused a fatality by having three glasses of Guinness drank,” he added.
Healy-Rae didn’t provide any figures to back up his claim.