2018 News

26 April 2018

Statement Issued on Behalf of Ms. Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson, Road Safety Authority

Ms. Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson of the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has described as ‘disgraceful and self-serving’ the behaviour and tactics employed by a tiny minority of rural TDs, who are delaying the passage of vital lifesaving road safety legislation.

These TDs are dominating the discussion on the Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2017 which is currently at report stage in the Dail. What should have been a straight forward passage of the Bill at this stage has descended into farce and filibuster.

Clearly unhappy with this behaviour a number of other deputies raised ‘on points of order’ the extensive filibustering by these deputies which is clearly designed to delay the passage of this bill. It is also having a knock-on effect in delaying all other important government legislation.

This is an unprecedented situation and the delaying tactics being employed by these Deputies is putting at risk the introduction of important measures to save lives on the road. Quite simply it’s costing lives.

These Deputies are showing utter contempt for Road Safety and are not reflecting the views of the vast majority of the people of rural Ireland. It must be heart breaking and offensive to the bereaved families left to rebuild what is left of their devastated lives.

I would call on these deputies to desist from these irresponsible and selfish tactics impeding the passage of the Bill.  The bill should have been across the line weeks ago and already saving lives as it will undoubtedly do.



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