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Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Mattie McGrath: I too want to speak about the recommittal of this amendment. I have been here for 11 years now and I do not think I have ever seen this happen. The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Deputy Ross, had introduced his Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017 and we all debated it here. Then he had a brainwave over Christmas and decided to add more things to it, for fear it would not do...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Pat Gallagher: I have to take the Deputy back to terra firma.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Mattie McGrath: Thank you. I am definitely on terra firma. They are on terra firmasuas ansin, freisin. And Big Tom, Tomás Mór-----

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Michael Healy-Rae: I could not agree with the Leas-Cheann Comhairle more. Every word he said is 100% correct. I agree with him and will do exactly what he says to the letter of the law. He is the boss. Sticking 100% to the Bill, I say to the Minister that I do not agree with it. I fundamentally, heart and soul, disagree with it. I am sorry that my colleagues and I do not have more support. Tonight and...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Danny Healy-Rae: I reiterate I am vehemently opposed to the Bill in its entirety and to the additional proposal regarding learner drivers. A couple of weeks ago, the Government made much ado about the lack of teachers. Students who are going to college, whether they are in Kilgarvan, the Black Valley, Cahirciveen or wherever else, have to undertake teacher training in different schools around their areas....

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Mattie McGrath: No.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Michael Healy-Rae: All I am pleading for is a thing called common sense. My father was full of common sense. He did not go to university but I guarantee he had the brains of any person who ever went to any university. Where did he get it? He got it through common sense and through life's experiences. This is a momentous night because this and other nights like it have changed the course of the future of...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Robert Troy: We had a vote.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Michael Healy-Rae: Deputy Mattie McGrath reminded me of the last Government a while ago; I must admit I had it forgotten. There were nights that others, Independent Deputies perhaps, wanted to have a vote. They would ask us to have a vote about something we would not agree with and we stood up to give them the right to have a vote against a Minister in the Government. We might not have voted with them but we...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Mattie McGrath: Democracy.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Michael Healy-Rae: They could have stood up tonight and given us the chance to have a vote and to let people at home see who was who and what was what. After this, we are going to have Fine Gael Deputies going around and talking about rural Ireland. They will say they did this, that and the other thing for rural Ireland. If they are asked what they did about the Minister, Deputy Ross's Bill, they can mutter...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Pat Gallagher: Road traffic.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Michael Healy-Rae: I am on the road traffic-----

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Mattie McGrath: He is on the road.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Michael Healy-Rae: -----because there is no traffic passing those doors now and you know it as well as I do, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle. You are a man with your feet firmly on the ground and you know every single part of the constituency you represent as well as I know mine. You know that your area also has been affected by what we call rural decline. What are we, as legislators, doing here tonight? Are we...

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Pat Gallagher: Road traffic.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Michael Healy-Rae: Yes, it is all coming back to the road traffic Bill, a Leas-Cheann Comhairle

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Pat Gallagher: That is what you think.

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Michael Healy-Rae: Well-----

Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2017: Report Stage (24 Apr 2018)

Pat Gallagher: I wish to just make a short statement lest others may be of the view that this is a technical amendment. It is providing for the inclusion of the Road Traffic Acts of 2016, 2010, 2002 and 1996. That might be right but I take the view that this recommittal is widening the scope of the Bill. I cannot insist that it is very narrowly focused but what I can insist on is that while the Deputy is...

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