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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Bereaved mother issues plea over drunk driving

Brendan Donnelly was killed in a road accident in 2009
Brendan Donnelly was killed in a road accident in 2009
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A mother who lost her son in a horrific accident caused by a drunk driver has issued a heartfelt road safety appeal.

Christina Donnelly, from Waterford, urged motorists never to drink and drive, to slow down and to exercise maximum care on the roads in 2018.

"Every bereaved family is a member of a club that none of us ever wanted to join," she said.

"We have been sentenced to life membership of this club through having lost a loved one on Irish roads. I'm issuing this safety appeal because I don't want any other family to suffer the heartache of being in this club."

Ms Donnelly revealed her son, Brendan (24), had purchased a Christmas present for her just days before he died in a head-on collision outside Cork on October 26, 2009.

"I wasn't able to open the box until a few years ago," she said.

Ms Donnelly has devoted her life to getting Ireland to enact the so-called 'Brendan's Law' for tougher sentences and driving bans for drunk motorists who cause fatal accidents.

It involves a minimum six-year prison term for drunk drivers involved in fatal accidents and longer disqualification periods.

Irish Independent

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