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Struggling with their loss: June Fitzgerald holding a photo of her husband Christopher at Naas Circuit Court with her daughter June and son Gary

Struggling with their loss: June Fitzgerald holding a photo of her husband Christopher at Naas Circuit Court with her daughter June and son Gary

Struggling with their loss: June Fitzgerald holding a photo of her husband Christopher at Naas Circuit Court with her daughter June and son Gary

The family of a dad of two killed when a van veered into the path of his motorcycle have criticised the suspended sentence the driver received as they urged road users to pay more attention.

Christopher Fitzgerald (53) was killed instantly when the vehicle being driven by Michael Dunne (66), from Mountmellick, Co Laois, crossed into his path on the Monasterevin to Portlaoise Road on August 17, 2018.

Mr Fitzgerald had been on his way home after visiting his daughter to drop off invitations for her wedding 11 weeks later.