Inishowen has been left without any facility to apply for a new driving licence or renew a licence that’s out of date, under a new system introduced by the Road Safety Authority last month.

Deputy Charlie McConalogue is calling for clarity on how the 34 locations were chosen for the new National Driving Licence Service Centres, and why Inishowen was left out.

“Under this new system, drivers applying for new or renewed licences must go to one of the 34 new National Driving Licence Service Centres. The nearest location for Inishowen drivers is Letterkenny,” explained Deputy McConalogue.

“Questions remain about how these 34 locations were chosen and why some large geographical areas, like Inishowen, were left out. It means that residents of Inishowen who don’t yet have a licence or who need to replace their current one can not do so in the peninsula which was the case until now. It also means that Inishowen doesn’t benefit from the jobs and activity that will result from these new facilities.

“The Public Services Centre in Carndonagh offers excellent facilities in the peninsula and would have made an ideal location for a National Driving Service Centre. I find it difficult to understand why it wasn’t chosen.

“Once again it is a case of Inishowen losing out on an important local service. This is a State service and the responsibility ultimately lies with the Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar. My party has submitted a number of questions asking the Minister how these sites were chosen and why certain areas like Inishowen were left out.”