Mum tells of grief after son (4) killed by drink driver
The grief-stricken parents of a four-year-old boy killed by a drink driver said they will never forgive him for plunging their lives into hell and leaving their lives shattered.
Ciaran Treacy died in a head-on collision as his mother Gillian drove him and his brother Sean (7) home from their grandmother's home.
Mrs Treacy said some nights were so unbearable for her and husband Ronan, that "I just wanted to die".
"My injuries were two fractured ankles, a compound fracture to my left leg, a fractured pelvis and hip, a fractured elbow and sternum. But the worst injury was the pain which came from my broken heart," she said in a powerful victim impact statement read by a barrister in Portlaoise Circuit Court.
"We thank God for four precious years with him but grieve for the life he was denied by the actions of Finbarr O'Rourke, a drink driver who shattered and devastated our family."
O'Rourke, (40) of Laurel Drive in Portlaoise, was arrested as he walked from the scene at Ballymorris, Portlaoise, on April 17, 2014.
The court heard he had earlier visited several pubs in Portarlington with a friend where each drank eight or 10 pints before there was a disagreement and O'Rourke decided to leave in his car.
Yesterday, the separated father of two took to the stand to apologise.
"I would give my life, I never went out to hurt anybody that day," he said. "I just didn't think, I just jumped into the car."
O'Rourke will be sentenced for dangerous driving causing Ciaran's death next week.