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Parish pump politics hurts families who have lost loved ones to drink driving – Imelda Munster TD

12 July, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin’s Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has today expressed serious concerns about the attitude of the Government and Fianna Fáil TDs regarding proposed legislation to introduce more effective deterrents for drivers caught with a blood alcohol concentration above the legal limit.

Deputy Munster expressed her disappointment that an issue as serious as road safety is being used as a political football.

Teachta Munster said;

“I was surprised to read media reports that the Taoiseach was allowing for a free vote for Fine Gael TDs on this legislation, and I have written to Mr Varadkar seeking clarity on this issue.

“This is not a matter of conscience, it is legislation to improve safety on our roads at a time when road deaths are steadily rising.

“We are well used to Fianna Fáil’s brand of parish pump politics, so it’s not a huge surprise that they are against the Bill, but it is still a deplorable development that a political party is essentially saying that they value rural votes over rural lives. This Bill addresses a matter that affects rural communities in the main.

“Sinn Féin supports this Bill because we value road safety. I have listened to evidence given by the RSA at the Transport Committee, and I am happy to support the Bill based on their analysis and expertise.”

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