Minister rules out changes to new drink driving legislation

The Transport Minister says he won’t be changing planned legislation increasing penalties for drink driving.

Shane Ross met with vintners in Listowel as part of his two-day visit to the county where they told him the new measures are unfair to rural Ireland.

The legislation will see those over the blood alcohol limit of 50 mg disqualified from driving for a period of time.

Minister Ross believes this will help save lives and see a decrease in those who drink and drive.

The Minister said the meeting was very constructive and allowed for an exchange of views.


Minister Shane Ross says criticism that he doesn’t spend enough time on his tourism brief is unfair adding that his portfolio is very big and the sector is booming.

This afternoon, Minister Ross is meeting a group of locals concerned about the South Kerry Greenway Project aiming to link Glenbeigh to Renard.

Minister Ross says he has no point of view on the project itself currently but will listen to issues outlined by the group:


Meanwhile, Minister Shane Ross met with Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council, Cllr Michael O’Shea, Chief Executive, Moira Murrell and Deputy Chief Executive, Charlie O’Sullivan yesterday evening at Kerry Airport.

The group discussed the South Kerry Greenway, the Macroom and Listowel bypasses and the Fenit to Tralee road.