The residents of Irish town Kilgarvan have an entirely new reason to celebrate this winter after the town council passed a motion allowing select members of its community to drive home after consuming alcohol in one of the town’s downtown bars.
The motion to allow drunk driving was put forward by local pub owner and politician Danny Healy-Rae, who believes that the measure would “preserve pub culture, lower the risk of suicide, and attack isolation” among Kilgaryan’s inhabitants.
We’d definitely agree that sharing a pint or two (or five . . .) of Guinness with some local barflies will cure pretty much anyone of feelings of isolation, but Kilgarvan council members were quick to emphasize that this is not permission for the entire town to get plastered and hit the gas. The motion was passed primarily to accommodate “elderly people who live in very remote places.”
Hear that, kids? Drunk driving is still illegal and dangerous and very very bad. Unless it’s your Irish grandma behind the wheel. Then it’s totally fine.