Irish politician wants to drive on the right

iStockphoto.com Ireland may be one of the best places to be an immigrant, and now there are so many newcomers from right-hand-traffic countries that an Irish senator has proposed that the Emerald Isle switch to driving on the right, too. Such a change would be “not even remotely feasible,” the country’s Automobile Association told the ...

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Ireland may be one of the best places to be an immigrant, and now there are so many newcomers from right-hand-traffic countries that an Irish senator has proposed that the Emerald Isle switch to driving on the right, too.

Such a change would be "not even remotely feasible," the country's Automobile Association told the Independent. But the senator, Donnie Cassidy, cited the case of Sweden. It switched from left to right in 1967 after spending $120 million in preparations, and it was two entire days before a fatality ensued.

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Ireland may be one of the best places to be an immigrant, and now there are so many newcomers from right-hand-traffic countries that an Irish senator has proposed that the Emerald Isle switch to driving on the right, too.

Such a change would be “not even remotely feasible,” the country’s Automobile Association told the Independent. But the senator, Donnie Cassidy, cited the case of Sweden. It switched from left to right in 1967 after spending $120 million in preparations, and it was two entire days before a fatality ensued.

Senator Cassidy isn’t all about changing the country’s ways to accomodate foreigners’ driving habits, however. He has also proposed a special lower speed limit of 80 kmh (50 mph) for noncitizens, compared with speed limits up to 120 kmh (75 mph) for the Irish.

But perhaps it’s the senator who needs to slow down and think things through. He admitted to Reuters:

I know when I go to America it takes me five or six days to adjust.

To our U.S. readers: If you happen to see an Irish politician barrelling at you head-on at 75 miles an hour, please e-mail Passport.

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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