Sunday 22 October 2017

Having one for the road?

The issue of drink-driving has to be taken seriously again as old habits are returning

Heartbreaking: Ronan and Gillian Treacy outside court last week
Heartbreaking: Ronan and Gillian Treacy outside court last week
Campbell Spray

Campbell Spray

The distress of the sentencing judge was obvious, his voice "thickened and faded". No wonder Judge Keenan Johnson's "measured tones deserted him" when he recalled how in a blink of an eye on April 17, 2014 the beautiful family life of Ronan and Gillian Treacy was shattered for ever.

This happened when Finbarr O'Rourke, after drinking more than nine pints of cider, had driven and caused the death of four-year-old Ciaran Treacy and life-changing injuries to the boy's mother.

Sentencing O'Rourke, who cast a pathetic, pitiful presence in court, to seven-and-a-half years in prison Judge Johnson remarked that "anyone who drinks and drives … should ask themselves how they would cope if they found themselves in the position which the accused finds himself in today."

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Don't Miss