The leader of the Seanad, Fianna Fáil's Donie Cassidy, has called for an 80km/ph speed limit to be imposed on all foreign drivers.

And he said that Ireland should maybe look at switching to driving on the opposite side of the road.

He said: 'I think that there should be a [80km/ph] speed limit put on anyone coming from another country that are going to use our roads, particularly from destinations where they are driving on the opposite side of the road.

'And maybe in time we should have a look here in Ireland at the possibility of changing and driving on the other side of the road.'

Mr Cassidy made the comments during the order of business in the Seanad this morning when a number of senators raised the issue of road safety.