An independent TD has called on the Government to introduce drink-driving permits for those in rural areas.
During Leader's Questions, Danny Healy-Rae asked the Government to provide permits for people who are travelling only on local, rural class three and cul-de-sac roads, so that they can have two pints and drive home on those roads.
He said that regional roads or national primary roads would not be included.
"If they stray beyond those roads, then nail them, but the Government should give them a chance to live because all work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy," Healy-Rae added.
"It [this Government] has stopped many people going out to socialise. It does not want people to have a car."
"The Government wants to stop people farming. Ye do not want them eating meat or cutting turf or timber to keep themselves warm."
He said that more pubs have closed down in the past eight years than under the previous 30 Governments since the foundation of the State.
Responding to his proposal, Simon Coveney, said: "The idea that we will somehow keep hope alive by allowing people to drink and drive on their own local roads as a way of reducing isolation in rural Ireland is just irresponsible and frankly will not work."