Junior Minister Brendan Griffin says he wasn’t recommending legislation to allow people caught drink driving drive to work.
The Kerry deputy met with the Kerry vintners recently and the issue of drink drivers and how they travel for work was raised.
He says he committed to passing on details of a proposal to officials at the Department of Transport for them to research further.
This proposal, which has been implemented in New Zealand, allows those caught driving under the influence to still drive to work.
Feedback relating to it has not met positively by officials.
Deputy Griffin says he wasn’t aware of the specific legislation at the time, but adds he has a duty to represent the people of his constituency and believes everyone deserves to have their voice heard.