Lobbying

Lobbying Government:
Mary Clinton has been very active in constant letter writing, for a period of ten and half years now, to Government Ministers who have any responsibility for Road Safety.

11 Nov 2016; http://www.donegaldaily.com/2016/11/11/donegal-road-safety-campaigner-outraged-at-schools-cycle-helmet-loophole/
27 Nov 2014:  AWARENESS CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED FOR NEW ROADSIDE DRUG IMPAIRMENT TESTING.
A-CEART was present in University College Dublin, (UCD) today to hear the Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Deputy Paschal Donohoe, T.D; make this long awaited announcement of New Measures to Test Drivers for Drug Driving in collaboration with the MBRS, the RSA, and the Garda Siochana.  The Roadside Impairment Testing (RIT) will provide An Garda Siochana with additional powers to test drivers whom they suspect of driving under the influence of Drugs (DUID). As part of the new test, drivers will be required to undergo five (5) impairment tests; a Pupil Dilation Test, Modifie Romberg Balance Test, Walk and Turn Test, One Leg Stand Test and lastly a Finger to Nose Test. So the message as from today is: "If You Drive On Drugs...Your Out Of Your Mind" !
Also, by the latter part of 2015 a "Roadside Chemical Drug Testing Device  will come on stream and the Gardai will then be trained in the use of this device. This is most welcome news to the ears of A-CEART.  This has been a constant campaign for A-CEART since it's foundation...See our 12 Aims and Objectives in that Section..this is No 11 on the list finally coming to fruition.

07 Nov 2014: A-CEART welcomes response from the Minister for Justice & Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. on a number of issues raised by our Campaign, but especially on the issue of a Device to test drivers for Drug Driving and her affirmation that work is underway in the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport on a number of relevant measures for inclusion in the next Road Traffic Bill, which I had already been informed about by Minister Paschal Donohoe, T.D; Minister for Transport when I spoke with him in Dublin Castle on 06 Oct 2014.

22/Sept 2014: A-CEART has received an update from Professor Denis A. Cusack, Director at Medical Bureau of Road Safety, Forensic Medicine Dept, UCD, on the progress being made in relation to Roadside Chemical Testing Devices to Test for Drugged Driving...Tender was issued in August, with the closing of applications at the end of September (This month) To be short...the implementation has to go through relevant legislation and a legal framework, which is in the remit of the Dept of Transport.

06 Mar 2014: Received letter from Transport Minister, Leo Varadkar, T.D. today informing me that the Medical Bureau of Road Safety (MBRS) expect to issue an Invitation to Tender shortly for the Device called a SALIVA SWAB TESTING EQUIPMENT TO ENABLE OUR GARDAI TO ROADSIDE TEST FOR DRUGGED DRIVING...I have been lobbying for a Device to test for Drugged Driving since  2005. 

02 Oct 2013:  Reply from Minister Brendan Howlin, T.D; Minister for Public Expenditure and Reforn confirming that the process of New Garda Reruitment is currently underway...see Downloads

27 Aug 2013:  Reply from the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan in relation to Garda Reserve:

DETAILS  ARE IN DOWNLOADS AT THE BOTTOM OF EACH PAGE:

July 30th 2013
REPLY LETTER FROM MINISTER ALAN SHATTER,TD, MINISTER FOR JUSTICE, EQUALITY AND DEFENCE.
Reply In response to my letter of July 23rd 2013, requesting a "more specific month and date next year (2014)" for his announcement to re- start  Recruitment of our Garda Siochana, following his lifting of the embargo on recruitment a few years ago as a result of the Economic Downturn in our Nation. I also wrote to the Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan, on the same issue...got an acknowledgement letter within 24 hours, but am awaiting a detailed reply.

Details of Letters are available in Downloads at bottom of the Lobbying page. 

Her most recent such effort has been to Deputy John Curran T.D. Minister of State at the Dept of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, with special responsibility for Drugs Strategy.  Mary pointed out to the Minister that she was very concerned about the proliferation of drug usage throughout the county and country. Mary said, "I requested a meeting for January with the said Minister to discuss face-to-face with him about my constant requests to the Ministers for Finance in every New Government reshuffle, to make the finance available to equip our Gardai with the Device/apparatus being used successfully in other European Countries to test drivers for Drugged Driving. I told him that I have factual information about the reliability of these Devices(2) tried, tested and proven to work successfully in less than 5 minutes!"

Mary also made a presentation to the Donegal Vocational Educational Committee on 21st November 2005. She called for their help in lobbying Education Minister, Mary Hanafin T.D. to get Driver Education and Training incorporated into the school curriculum as soon as possible, in an effort to reduce road carnage.  She also sent this letter to all Ministers with responsibility for Road Safety, and included the issue of the proliferation of Drugged Driving.

Subsequent to this, Mary presented An Tanaiste, Mary Coughlan T.D. with a similar letter requesting her assistance in this matter.  Mary also presented An Tanaiste with 15 key-rings for each member of the Cabinet, which was the 3rd phase initiative of her Road Safety campaign, with the appeal message: "Say NO to Drink & Drug Driving!"

Mary got thousands of these key-rings printed, and distributed 2000 of them to spectators while attending World Rally Ireland in Sligo January 2009. She was invited to the event by John Naylor - the Event Director, to promote her campaign.

February 2008
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has submitted a proposal to try and raise the legal age of alcohol consumption to 21 years old, to the Department of Transport, Minister Noel Dempsey T.D. The Alcohol Advisory Group is presenting a report of their findings to the Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan T.D.

A-CEART has been lobbying the Minister for Justice since its foundation on this very same issue and also forwarded the same to Mr. Noel Brett, CEO of the RSA more than two years ago. This addresses some of the aims and objectives of A-CEART.

This same suggestion has been gaining momentum in England since it has been suggested to the relevant bodies by the Chief Constable of the Cheshire Police, Const Peter Fahey, so I sincerely hope it gains the same momentum here as Youth binge drinking is a scourge of our society, and very likely to be responsible for a considerable % of our road collisions. 

12th March 2007: A-CEART had an official Launch of it's Christening in the Mount Errigal Hotel by Special Guest, Grainne Kenny from Dublin, President of EURAD (Europe Against Drugs) and a Panel of other Road Safety Stakeholders and Councillors. Picture in the website in Photos.

November 2006
Deputy Noel O' Flynn F.F. announced the unveiling of a programme of safe responsible driving, driving habits and driving techniques. This programme will be funded by the Department of Education and the Department of Transport, and made compulsory in all the second-level schools and colleges at transition year. 

For the past seven and a half years, I have been campaigning and  lobbying all the relevant Government Ministers and Departments, the National Safety Council, the National Roads Authority, the Donegal County Council, the local Gardai and the Gardai Headquarters in Dublin on various Road Safety issues.

I was calling for the introduction of a programme of Driver Awareness, Driver Training and Personal Responsibility to be introduced into the curriculum of all the schools and colleges in the country.


Downloads

The following downloads are available.

An Roinn Caiteachais Phoiblí agus Athchóirithe [153 KB]
From Dept of Public Expenditure & Reform
Response from Minister for Justice, Equality & Defencce, Deputy Alan Shatter, T.D. July 2013 [5 KB]
Re: Garda Recruitments & Extra Powers for Garda Reserve
A-CEART's Proposal letter to Minister Alan Shatter, T.D. 23-07-2013 [295 KB]
A Timely reply from the Garda Commissioner, Martin Callinan. []
A-CEART receives letter from the Garda Commissioner 27-08-13
A-CEART'S Proposal to Minister Alan Shatter TD Minister Leo Varadkar TD [24 KB]
Reply from Ass Garda Comissioner BB_B6-6811/13 [78 KB]
Reply from Assistant Garda Commissioner's, Fintan Fanning...26 Aug 2013 Re: Garda Reserve Powers
Parlimentary Question Raised in the Dail by Deputy Joe McHugh on behalf of Mary Clinton, A-CEART [952 KB]
CMR_47_6811-13 [109 KB]
Letter from the Transport Minister, Deputy Leo Varadkar, T.D. 06-03-2014 [49 KB]
SALIVA SWAB TESTING DEVICE FOR DRUGGED DRIVERS GETTING CLOSER!
Reply from Minister of State John Curran T.D. regarding drugged driving issues [775 KB]
Reply from Minister of State John Curran T.D. regarding Drug Driving issues
Mary Clinton Comments on EU Allowing for Closure of Headshops [66 KB]
Mary Clinton comments on article regarding EU allowing for closure of headshops.
Letter to Commissioner Fachna Murphy [38 KB]
Letter to Commissioner Fachna Murphy
Rep 329 Minister John Curran TD [49 KB]
Representation to Minster Curran on Drug Driving Issue
Reply to my Letter sent on 27th July 2009 to Minister John Curran [398 KB]
Reply to my Letter sent on 27th July 2009 to Minister John Curran
Reply from Dermot Ahern T.D. Minister for Justice to An Tanaiste Mary Coughlan T.D. on Mary's behalf [529 KB]
Reply from Dermot Ahern T.D. Minister for Justice to An Tanaiste Mary Coughlan T.D. on Mary's behalf
Letter to An Tanaiste Mary Coughlan on the Drug Driving issue [44 KB]
Representation to Minister Coughlan on Drug Driving
Reply from An Tanaiste Mary Coughlan T.D. in relation to the Drug Driving issue [440 KB]
Reply from An Tanaiste Mary Coughlan T.D. in relation to the Drug Driving issue
Intelligent Speed Adaptation Proposal to the RSA [48 KB]
Proposal - Representation to RSA Chief, Mr. Noel Brett, CEO, regarding the Installation of Intelligent Speed Adaptation Device.
Letter from Noel Brett RSA CEO [33 KB]
Letter from Noel Brett, RSA CEO
RSA Medicines and Driving [966 KB]
RSA publication on Medicines and Driving
Drink Driving in Commercial Transport ETSC [1 MB]
Report from the ETSC on drink driving in commercial transport attached with letter from Noel Brett
Rep to Minister Hanafin on Driver Education in Schools [45 KB]
Representation to Minister Hanafin on Driver Education in Schools
Reply from Minister of State for Transport Noel Ahern [38 KB]
Reply from Noel Ahern Regarding Testing for Drunk Driving
Second Stage Debate Road Traffic Bill 2009 [287 KB]
Dáil Debate on Road Traffic Bill
Reply to Deputy Niall Blaney, T.D from Noel Dempsey T.D. on Mary's behalf [430 KB]
Reply to Deputy Niall Blaney, T.D from Noel Dempsey T.D. on Mary's behalf
Reply letter to Niall Blaney T.D. from Noel Dempsey, T.D. Minister for Transport on Mary's behalf [619 KB]
Reply letter to Niall Blaney T.D. from Noel Dempsey, T.D. Minister for Transport on Mary's behalf
Letter to Tanaiste from Dermot Ahern T.D. Minister for Justice on Mary's behalf [1 MB]
Letter to Tanaiste from Dermot Ahern T.D. Minister for Justice on Mary's behalf