Under new road safety laws the general speed limit is to be increased to just over 62 miles per hour.

The new speed limit was announced by Minister for the Environment Padraig Flynn at the launch of International Road Safety Week. 

Reporter Jeri Ward spoke to Minister Flynn about the new legislation. According to the Minister, the increase in the speed limit from 55 to just over 62 miles per hour (or 100 km per hour) was to bring Irish law in line with speed limits in other European countries. Defending the decision Minister Flynn commented

Speed does not kill. Excessive speed kills.

The Minister went on to describe the new limits as "realistic". 

Minister Flynn is also considering reducing the alcohol limit for drivers from 100 to 80 milligrams. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 September 1990.