Cabinet to discuss changes to law on drink-driving

The Cabinet is to discuss the Summer Economic Statement ahead of its publication tomorrow.

Ministers will also discuss a range of other issues including proposed changes to drink-driving laws, which would result in those detected over the blood alcohol limit being automatically disqualified.

While the Cabinet is expected to endorse the proposal, its passage is not certain when it comes before the Oireachtas in the autumn.

The Independent Alliance is seeking a free vote as some of its members oppose the legislation.

Fine Gael has yet to decide if its TDs outside Cabinet will be granted the same flexibility.

Separately, Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy will brief his ministerial colleagues on extending a survey nationwide on cladding products on residential buildings over six storeys.

This was originally confined to Dublin after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in London.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has new proposals on organ donation to allow authorities to presume the deceased had consented unless they previously opted not to.

Families will still be able to object to donation.

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