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A leading road safety campaigner has criticised the four year jail term given to a man convicted of the death of a Donegal woman and her unborn child.
Publican Kevin McArdle (29), Longfield, Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, was handed down a four-year prison sentence with the final year suspended after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Roisin Connolly, a Dublin-based teacher who was originally from Fanad - and two passengers in the BMW he was driving.
Mary Clinton of road safety group A-Ceart, said she was disgusted by last Tuesday’s verdict which she described as ridiculous. She said the sentence handed down should have been “much more severe”.
“I am gutted at the sentence. He will be out in two years. It is ridiculous for wiping out four lives. It is sending out the wrong message. Is life so unimportant today that you get three years for wiping out four lives? Justice has to be seen to be done and that is not justice.”
The Letterkenny woman said early release for good behaviour should be done away with. “If they had shown good behaviour they would not be in prison in the first place.”
Mrs Connolly had been driving back to her Dublin home with husband Stephen on December 27th, 2010, after visiting her family in Donegal. The collision occurred at 6.45pm at Moynaltybane on the main N2 Dublin-Derry Road, 2km from Carrickmacross.
The Seat Toledo the Connellys were driving in collided with McArdle’s BWM which was driving on the wrong side of the road after overtaking a number of vehicles at speed. She died later at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, in Drogheda. Despite the efforts of a team of surgeons at the hospital, her unborn baby girl, Catherine, also died.
McArdle had drunk nine pints of beer and five glasses of brandy before the crash and was three and a half times above the limit.
(Source: Donegal Democrat)
A body recovered from a lake in Co Down has been confirmed as that of missing pensioner Maurice Owens.
The 73-year-old had not been seen since leaving his home in Barcroft Park in Newry last Sunday morning.
His remains were found in Camlough Lake on Thursday.
Police said his death was not being treated as suspicious.
A PSNI spokesperson said the family of Mr Owens wished to express their gratitude to all those involved in the extensive search operations.
A couple with six children have avoided a jail term for taking part in a vicious and unprovoked assault on an army sergeant and his wife.
Wesley Condon (34) of Blackditch Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin admitted assault causing harm to Christopher Mahon and his wife Rose at Ballyfermot Road on May 1, 2010.
His partner, Michelle Kelly (38) of Blackditch Road, pleaded guilty to assault causing harm to Rose Mahon.
Dublin Circuit Criminal Court heard that the victims, who are in their fifties, were on their way home from a night out when they were set upon and kicked and punched as they lay on the ground.
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Blimey, Chuck! Sounds like what is going on in the construction industry in the UK now happened 30 years ago in the USA. Can't say we weren't warned..Racist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
Wow...........with a population of 4,600,000 in the Republic and approximately 15% non national its obviously a huge problemRacist incidents in Ireland up by 85 percent says Immigrant Council
Plus you have 3-5 million people of Irish ancestry living in the island of Britain as well. Most of the people I went to school with were sons and dau