Kerry TD says priests who drive home after Mass could be breaking law under proposed drink-driving legislation

A Kerry TD has accused the Transport Minister of launching an ‘attack’ on rural Ireland and the Catholic Church.

Independent deputy Danny Healy-Rae has criticised Minister Shane Ross in his efforts to enact driving legislation regarding permitted blood alcohol levels.

Drivers caught with an alcohol limit of between 50mg and 80mg per 100ml receive three penalty points and a €200 fine if it’s their first offence.

However, drivers who consume any alcohol may now face driving disqualification under new draft legislation goes through the Dáil.

Deputy Healy-Rae says this sort of zero-tolerance approach will sound the death knell for rural Ireland.

He says if this were to be enforced, even a priest driving home after Mass, after receiving the Blood of Christ, could be in danger of breaking the law: