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McDowell hits out at councillor who condoned drink-driving

Published 08/11/2006

The Tanaiste, Michael McDowell, has hit out at a Fine Gael county councillor in South Tipperary who has condoned drink-driving.

Michael Fitzgerald said in a radio interview last night that he sees no problem with someone driving after three or four pints and admitting doing so himself.

He also criticised random breath-testing, claiming people who drink under the influence of alcohol were being unfairly blamed for the carnage on Ireland's roads.

Asked about the matter in Dublin today, Mr McDowell accused Mr Fitzgerald of setting a poor example to young motorists.

"What kind of example is it to young people that an elected representative would justify breaking the law and endangering the lives of others," he asked.

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