Statement by Minister Donohoe on judgement regarding drink driving case stated in High Court

22nd September, 2015

The High Court ruled yesterday (Monday) on a legal question put forward by the District Court regarding the Prescribed Form and Manner of Statements Regulations 2011 in relation to a drink driving case that came before the District Court.


Speaking today, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohoe TD, said: ‘The advice of the Attorney General’s Office was sought in respect of the need for amending legislation on foot of the judgement in relation to the language of the forms produced by Evidential Breath Testing machines in Garda stations. In the interests of road safety, I have moved immediately to provide the new legislation deemed necessaryregarding the form of the statements to be provided under section 13 of the Road Traffic Act 2010’.


The Minister has now signed into law, a replacement Statutory Instrument which provides that the statements may be produced in either the English or the Irish language which was always the objective of the legislation.