Donie Cassidy, the leader of Ireland's upper chamber Senate, said Ireland should consider the switch because of the tens of thousands of workers, especially from central and eastern European countries, that are currently flooding the country. It is also a popular tourist destination for visitors from the United States. "We have all of these people coming in from Europe and from America and (because of) the roads that they are used to driving on in their own countries it is a huge difficulty when they start driving here," Cassidy told public broadcaster RTE.
Such a move is not unheard of. Back in 1967, Sweden switched from driving on the left to driving on the right to come into line with the rest of Europe. However, motoring bodies have deemed the proposal as “completely impractical.” Another solution put forward by Cassidy is to limit the maximum speed of visitors to 80km/h, while Irish residents could travel at up to 120km/h.