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Government speaking out of both sides of its mouth on Jake’s Law – McDonald

18 February, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Mary Lou McDonald has accused the Government of talking out of both sides of its mouth after she met Transport Minister Paschal Donohue this afternoon with Roseann Brennan the mother of six-year-old Jake Brennan who died after he was hit by a car in a housing estate in Kilkenny.

 Deputy McDonald said despite commitments from the government that they will not oppose Jake’s Law, the Bill to reduce speed limits in housing estates to 20km per hour, it is clear from the Minister that it will not be allowed to pass into law.

 She said;

 “After speaking with Minister Donohue today it is clear that the government has no intention of letting this bill pass into law.

 “Instead of being straight with this family the Government tried to pretend that they are on board with the campaign by telling them that they will not oppose the bill.

 “However, Minister Donohue has today told us that he will leave the discretion with local authorities to decide speed limits in their catchment areas.

 “That clearly means that Jake’s Law, which we have on the floor of the Dáil this evening, will not be allowed to proceed through all stages and into law.

 “In this way the government is in reality opposing the bill while not voting against it this evening in an effort to look good.

 “The government is speaking out of both sides of its mouth and the family of young Jake are extremely disappointed this evening at this turn of events.”

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