Paschal Donohoe: said he planned to revisit in legislation the use of mobile phones and electronic communications

Legislation closed loophole allowing motorists to escape fines for texting

The Luas Cross-City could help ease M50 congestion. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Report in 2014 called for extra toll points and increased peak-time charges, but Minister believes Luas cross-city link-up, plus m(...)

Paschal Donohoe has asked each local authority to identify a number of residential areas where a 30km/h limit can be introduced in 2015. Photograph: Collins

Paschal Donohoe has asked local authority to identify potential zones

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: says there are problems with the penalty points system, whose credibility has been damaged by recent controversies including gardaí cancelling points. Photograph: Garrett White

Interview: Minister believes there is no single reason behind rise in road deaths last year

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe: “Research from the coroner in Co Kildare showed that over a 10-year period 50 per cent of those who lost their lives in crashes tested positive for the presence of drugs.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Devices will test drivers’ saliva for range of drugs, says Minister Paschal Donohoe

Photograph: Alan Betson

Vehicles breaking limit by more than 20km/h

Minister for Transport Paschal Donohoe has described fresh allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system as “very, very serious” and says they must be investigated properly.  Photograph: Frank Miller / The Irish Times

McCabe claims several hundred penalty points are being terminated every month

Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe is to be seconded to the Garda unit investigating his allegations of continued abuses of the penalty points system.

Report suggests new penalty points system being abused at similar rate to predecessor

It’s time for wallet- and purse-purging exercises in providing all those materials needed for the new school year. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

The holiday season has been far too short. But, it’s been far too long. Either way, it’s over

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