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Sinn Féin accuse Irish Government of being more concerned with EU dignitaries than Irish road users

22 April, 2004

Sinn Féin East EU candidate John Dwyer has today accused the Irish Government of being 'more concerned with EU dignitaries than Irish road users.' His call came, after a senior Garda told an Oireachtas Committee investigating the increase in road deaths that resources had to be diverted to escort EU visitors on their visits to and from the country.

Speaking today, Mr Dwyer said:

"The comments made by a senior Garda, at an Oireachtas Committee meeting this week are very worrying. The revelation that traffic police have been diverted from their duties, to escort EU dignitaries to and from meetings, is a matter of grave concern.

"Sinn Féin welcomes visiting EU politicians and delegations to Ireland. However it certainly seems that this government is more concerned with the welfare of EU dignitaries than Irish road users. There has been a marked increase in the number of road deaths in recent years, and what is needed is more traffic police, not less.

"Earlier this month, I called for the standardisation of road safety measures across the island, to help alleviate the spiralling number of tragedies on our roads. I also called for the establishment of a visible and dedicated traffic corps to deal with these problems. These matters need to be addressed urgently." ENDS

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