‘Bizarre proposal to lock up the parents of any L Plate driver, a son or daughter or anybody else, if they are driving a tractor’ – McGrath.

‘Someone needs to rein in the Minister, Deputy Ross, lock him into the house in Wicklow where he lives and keep him away from the rural people.’

‘Ministers are in a cocoon inside in the Cabinet room.’

‘I do not know what kind of water they are drinking or what medicine they are on, but this is bizarre, daft and unworkable, and an attack on rural Ireland.’

‘…cannot even get the new Luas across O’Connell Bridge.’

Sligo News File.

A storm is raging over an apparent Government plan to jail anyone allowing an L driver to use their vehicle alone on the public road.

Mattie McGrath,TD

In the Dail, Independent Deputy Mattie McGrath blasted what he called “the latest bizarre proposal to lock up the parents of any L Plate driver, a son or daughter or anybody else, if they are driving a tractor. This includes a buachailín trying to learn to feed the cows that the Government will not pay the farmers for.

“What is going on? What will be next? It is proposed to criminalise ordinary decent families and force them to get into their car every day to accompany their L plate driver. I am all for restrictions to assist in road safety. I sympathise with the relatives of those who have lost lives as a result of L plate drivers, but this is bizarre.

Shane Ross, Minister for Transport

“Someone needs to rein in the Minister, Deputy Ross, lock him into the house in Wicklow where he lives and keep him away from the rural people. He has a vendetta against rural people. I am shocked at the other Ministers.”

An Ceann Comhairle: Does the Deputy have a question…?

Deputy McGrath: The question is as follows. Where is the rural proofing? What are we trying to do? Criminalise parents and criminalise all the people of rural Ireland? We do not have Luas, buses, DART or all the other things.

An Ceann Comhairle: All right, Deputy.

Deputy McGrath: The Government cannot even get the new Luas across O’Connell Bridge. It does not know what it is doing. Ministers are in a cocoon inside in the Cabinet room.

An Ceann Comhairle: I thank the Deputy.

Deputy McGrath: I do not know what kind of water they are drinking or what medicine they are on, but this is bizarre, daft and unworkable, and an attack on rural Ireland.