Liz O Donnell

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Traffic on the M50: There have been 55 deaths on Irish roads so far this year, which is 16 fewer than in the same period last year. File photograph: Dave Meehan

Roads will be “extremely busy” over the coming weeks with drivers navigating “unfamiliar roads” as people take more holidays in Ireland this summer, t(...)

The RSA had applied to the Department of Transport to hire an additional 80 driving testers. Photograph: iStock

Waiting times for driving tests have more than quadrupled to between 25 and 30 weeks due to the suspension of testing during the first Covid-19 lockdo(...)

Hildegarde Naughton said cycling suffers from “negative perceptions” as to its relative safety. File photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times

Cycling is not as dangerous a pursuit as it is perceived to be, the Minister with responsibility for road safety has suggested. Speaking at the launc(...)

 RSA chairperson Liz O’Donnell and Garda assistant commissioner Paula Hilman launching  a road safety appeal to remind motorcyclists to “ease off the throttle”. Photograph:   Crispin Rodwell

Anyone who has renewed a learner driving permit more than four times should be compelled to take driving lessons, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has (...)

Fifty-four people have been killed so far in 2020, seven more than last year for the same period. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Some motorists are driving at “extreme speeds” on Ireland’s less-busy roads during the coronavirus crisis, the State’s top traffic garda has warned, a(...)

The country is facing a crucial period when hospitals needed to focus fully on the impending “surge” of patients infected with the Covid19 disease coming into hospitals, Liz O’Donnell said. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Motorists should avoiding speeding amid reduced road congestion during the coronavirus pandemic to shield overburdened hospitals from road traffic inc(...)

Bryan Magill was one of three victims of the Co Louth crash early on Saturday morning. Photograph: Archview United FC Facebook page

Gardaí investigating a road traffic crash in Co Louth in which three people were killed believe the driver of one of the vehicles left the scene. A (...)

Road Safety Authority chair Liz O’Donnell and outgoing chief executive Moyagh Murdock. Ms Murdock is taking up a new role as chief executive of Insurance Ireland. Photograph: Tom Honan

The deadline for applicants to one of four vacancies on the Road Safety Authority board has been extended after the notice incorrectly gave the remune(...)

Liz O’Donnell, chairwoman of the RSA, said it is “deeply saddening” that road deaths had risen in 2019. File photograph: Getty

Almost 150 people died on the State’s roads in 2019, according to provisional figures from the Road Safety Authority (RSA). The 148 road fatalities i(...)

In January 2000, Fianna Fáil’s minister for justice John O’Donoghue was on the verge of bringing policy suggestions to Cabinet. His steerage of the issue had been attacked as a ‘shambles’ by the Progressive Democrats, the junior partner in government. Photograph: Peter Thursfield

At the turn of the century as asylum applications in Ireland were escalating faster than officials could keep up, the government was scrambling to fin(...)

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