Thursday, 23 November 1972
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Harte: asked the Minister for Local Government if he is prepared to enter into discussion with the British Government concerning the mutual recognition  of driving licences for motor vehicles, with particular reference to meeting the problem affecting the movement of people from Northern Ireland to the Republic and vice versa.
Mr. Molloy: I would refer the Deputy to the reply given to Question No. 132 on the 8th June last which was to the effect that despite my willingness for such reciprocal arrangements the attitude of the British authorities in 1970 did not allow for reopening the subject.
The Deputy may be aware, however, that the Council of Ministers of the EEC is considering a proposed directive which, if adopted, would provide for a standard form of driving licence that would be valid in all member states. The implications of these proposals are being examined in my Department.
Mr. Molloy: This is a matter which I know the Deputy has raised on a number of occasions. He should get some satisfaction from the statement that it seems our entry to the EEC will overcome the difficulty that has irked him and others over the years.
Mr. Harte: Yes, I congratulate the members of the EEC on their advanced thinking in view of the fact that Ministers here, who could claim to be more Republican than others, refuse to recognise the fact that they were Irish people.
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