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Driving on the right in Ireland?

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In our dear Emerald island they begin to consider something that, until recently, was unthinkable: start driving on the right.

Donie Cassidy, the leader of the upper chamber of the Irish Senate, cited Sweden - who went on to drive on the right in 1967 - as an example of a country that changed decades after most of Europe did.

The economic growth that has taken place in Ireland for about 10 years has attracted tens of thousands of workers - including myself - especially from Central and Eastern Europe. In addition, it is becoming a popular place for tourism, especially in the United States.

Cassidy has recognized to the Irish public television (RTE) that this measure would facilitate the driving to all tourists, since, for the most part, they are used to doing it on the right. He also comments: "When I travel to America, it takes me about 5 or 6 days to get used to driving."

The Irish motorway authorities consider this measure as "unfeasible" and the truth is that I see it complicated to get carried out.

Another Cassidy proposition consists of the speed limit reduction at 80 km / h for foreigners, for 120 km / h as the limit established for locals.

The truth is that whenever someone asks me “How do you drive there? Is it worth renting a car? I always have a hard time answering them.

Let's see: it is not so complicated to get used to it but you have to go with a lot of caution and very concentrated, because when you relax and do things without thinking about them, it will be when you take a detour in the opposite direction or make a roundabout upside down (which is not yet It has never happened to me and I hope it never happens to me). I see the problem far beyond left-right or right-left (I look like Coco in Sesame Street). On this island there is a very serious obstacle in the very low quality of the roads. They are very narrow, uneven pavement and holes, poorly marked and poorly lit. Just tell you that to travel the 220 kms that separate Dublin from Galway - one of the most visited places on the Island for its proximity to the wonderful Cliffs of Moher - It will take you about 3 hours and a peak, and that most of the journey is on one of the best roads in Ireland!

The truth is that I have always considered it as one of the main black points of this country. And there are many lives that the road is taken for the number of inhabitants they have.

Another black point is the weather, but don't see the joy this week when we wake up every day with a radiant sun! And it is that Ireland is worth visiting. When you want, come and we will be your guides.

Via Reuters

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