Monday 21 August 2017

'My life was destroyed' - Heartbroken mum who lost son to drunk driver slams opposition to new bill

Christina Donnelly's son Brendan (24) died in a head-on collision with a drunk driver outside Cork in October 2009

Christina Donnelly lost her son Brendan in a horrific head-on
collision with a drunk driver
Christina Donnelly lost her son Brendan in a horrific head-on collision with a drunk driver

Christina Donnelly

My life was destroyed forever when my son was killed age 24 in an accident caused by a drunk driver.

Since then I've helped set up the Brendans Law Facebook page to campaign for change.

I find it shocking to think we have members of our Government putting obstacles in the way of this life saving bill.

This is not about vengeance, it is about justice for families of the future who will get that same knock on the door.

The only vested interest with the Vintners Association and those in the pub trade is money - but how much is a life worth?

Every politician in Dublin, regardless of their party, should be standing shoulder to shoulder and applauding this new bill, which will save innocent lives.

Christina Donnelly mother of Brendan who was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident at Castlemarteyr, Co. Cork.
Christina Donnelly mother of Brendan who was killed by a drunk driver in a car accident at Castlemarteyr, Co. Cork.

If they had to walk in my shoes or another mother's shoes for five minutes they would soon change their minds.

The most frustrating thing is also when you have a phone in with some of these politicians or publicans, they evade the questions and their opinion is the only one.

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Many bills have been rushed through the cabinet that are not life-threatening, so I'm lost for words regarding their views.

Brendan died when he was just 24
Brendan died when he was just 24

Money, money that's the answer for some- no price on a life.

Those who oppose it should hang their heads in shame, they have let down the people of this country and have no idea what we are left with.

I am broken and a different person, I would like one of them to travel with me on a Sunday when I lay flowers and talk to a plaque on the side of the road.

But that would be too close for comfort for them.

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It has to be zero tolerance as drivers are not taking heed and think they won't get caught, so they will abuse their levels of alcohol intake.

What is it going to take to make these politicians sit up and take heed and applaud this new bill?
Or, are they going to continue to act as puppets so as not to offend the one sitting to the right and left of them?

I will finish with this: They know deep down inside their decision is wrong regarding this life-saving campaign but they do not have the courage to show change.

Shame, shame on all of them.

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