Putting Ross on the cross

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Transport Minister Shane Ross.
Transport Minister Shane Ross.

“IF we had crucifixions around here it would be Minister Shane Ross up on the cross”.

That was the declaration from former Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Kevin Sheahan, who took aim this week at the Transport Minister’s attempts to tighten road traffic legislation with the introduction of controversial new laws.

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The Minister came in for scathing criticism at this Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Adare-Rathkeale Municipal District where his controversial new drink-driving legislation proved unpopular.

Cllr Sheahan deemed Minister Ross as being “anti-rural” and focused on destroying rural towns and villages.

“He is anti-people from outside the Pale. He should use his energy to focus on making sure the laws that are already there are enforced so as to save lives. Instead this wretched Minister is busy sitting around coming up with new ones.

“Spare the country from Minister Ross’s hands. He is too busy telling people how they should live!

“If we had crucifixions around here it would be Minister Shane Ross up on the cross,” the Fianna Fáil politician fumed.

Cllr Sheahan went on to ask Limerick City and County Council to write to Minister Ross to let him know of the debate and local representatives’ expressed anger towards him.

“I won’t ask you to say what I’d like to say to him.”

Independent councillor Richard O’Donoghue agreed with Cllr Sheahan’s sentiments and felt that the government should subsidise taxi fares for people travelling to and from pubs in rural areas.

“I was afraid to have the sherry trifle at Christmas,” Cllr O’Donoghue confessed.

“Minister Ross is just anti-rural. People in country areas should be entitled to the same quality of life as those living in cities.”