There is no objection to taking it now, but I want to say something about it. I am glad the Minister has gone so far, though he has not gone as far as I expected he would go. I want to make one suggestion: I think it would be advisable for him to consider the possibility, before he remits any disqualification in respect of an offence against that particular section of the Road Traffic Act, of his strengthening his own hand by having some sort of advice, such as the advice of the President of the Circuit Court, or a judge of the High Court. I suggest he should not do this by his own Order but on advice given to him by a competent authority as to whether he ought or ought not to do it. I make that suggestion purely as a matter of administration. A very serious offence is involved under this section; it is an offence about which the public generally are becoming very alarmed. The Minister knows that there is a demand for more drastic treatment to be meted out to those people who drive cars while under the influence of drink. The Minister has taken power which no other Minister has ever had hitherto. That is a very serious step for him to take. I ask him for his own sake and for the sake of those who will come after him to fortify himself in his position by having some sort of advisory body; that body may consist of only one judge, but if he has that advice he will safeguard himself and put himself in the position of being able to stand over everything that he does. I admit that the Minister has gone a good distance in agreeing to publish notification. That is a useful amendment. The matter will be published inIris Oifigiúil.
I think, however, that the Minister would be well advised, to set up some machinery of the kind I am suggesting. I think it is desirable he should have some person to advise him, the President of the Circuit Court or a judge of the High Court, as to whether he ought to remit the disqualification under this section.