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Offering tax breaks to publicans to bring customers home is not relevant for many rural pubs, claims Roscommon-Galway TD

The Transport Minister Shane Ross has today met with a number of road safety groups to discuss his new Road Traffic Bill.

The new legislation would see people lose their licences if they're caught driving after drinking less than a pint.

Some people have argued that it's too harsh particularly on those living in rural Ireland. 

Four junior ministers are believed to be against the bill, with Fianna Fáil also saying they'll oppose it.

Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice is also opposed to the new Bill, and says there are other measures Government could take to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on roads- including having more Gardai on the beat, and improving defective roads.

Deputy Fitzmaurice also claims a plan to offer tax breaks to publicans to bring their customers home late at night is an attempt by Government to take the heat off back-bench TDs, but is not relevant for many small rural pubs who are already struggling to keep their doors open….

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