'Festoon of roundabouts'

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'Festoon of roundabouts'

A senator with strong ties to Laois is afraid he will not be able to visit the county for much longer because of complicated roundabouts.

Senator David Norris has family connections to the Mountrath area and has been a regular visitor to Laois over many years.

Speaking in the senate before Christmas the senator on a motor insuranc topic.

“I make about two forays to Co Laois every year and I take the car. I will probably give that up fairly soon because I do not understand the new motorways at all.

“It seems to be a festoon of roundabouts between Maryborough and Mountrath and I have simply not the slightest clue where I am. I miss all the old wonderful landmarks. As I am on this little foray,

“I note how sad I am that we no longer go around that bend in the road in Tipperary and get that wonderful, dramatic view of the Rock of Cashel. Motorists are deprived by missing out on these glorious aspects of the Irish countryside,” he said.

The senator was speaking I welcome the Bill on car tax where he also protested about the tax on older cars.

“ I wish the Minister of State would take back to the Cabinet a little protest from me to the effect that there is a degree of unfairness in the extraordinarily high rates of tax on old cars. Something should be brought in that does not fix the tax at the moment a large car is bought and keep it there until the vehicle is taken to the scrap yard. It means that old cars will be scrapped and there will be very few of them left. It is a waste. I put those few matters as suggestions to the Minister,” he said.