Minister Finian McGrath

  • A government Minister claims Garda enforcement of new drink driving laws is over the top.

    Independent TD, Tuam native Finian M Grath's called on the Garda Commissioner to intervene.

     

    In an interview with the Sunday Independent the Disabilities Minister Finian Mc Grath admits the government had to bite the bullet and introduce the new laws on drink-driving and unaccompanied learner drivers.

    However he has hit out at the manner in which the laws are enforced by Gardai.

    Minister McGrath says they are over the top and claims there is a political agenda in the way they are handled.

    The Minister is calling on the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to de-politicise anything like that in the force, as part of the reforms currently underway of policing in Ireland.

    Finian McGrath also claims Fine Gael Ministers were using the Transport Minister Shane Ross as a fall guy by people living in rural Ireland.

  • A Mayo Senator is calling for the immediate reinstatement of an allowance for young school leavers with a disability, which is being cut for new entrants from next month.

    The Rehabilitative Training Allowance provides €31.80 per week to young people taking up training programmes, but the Government announced last month that it will no longer be paid to new entrants.

    It's been described as "a cruel cut" by Erris Senator Rose Conway-Walsh, who has written to Minister of State Finian McGrath asking him to immediately restore the allowance.

    She said that  - despite growing pressure from organisations representing people with a disability - the cut has not yet been reversed.