Wednesday 22 November 2017

Man killed after boat capsized in early hours had served jail sentence for hit-and-run

Noel Quinlivan
Noel Quinlivan

David Raleigh

A man who died after a boat capsized in the River Shannon had previously been jailed for a hit-and-run that claimed the life of a pedestrian.

Gardaí have begun an investigation into the death of Noel Quinlivan (28), who was found along with three other men suffering from serious injuries and hypothermia after a boat capsized in the river at around 4.15am.

The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) also began an independent investigation.

Quinlivan was previously jailed for three years for knocking down a man while high on drink and drugs.

In February 2012, he admitted fatally knocking down father-of-one Thomas O'Shea after drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis.

Quinlivan pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Mr O'Shea (40) on Main Street, Castleconnell, Co Limerick, in the early hours of September 6, 2009.

After the collision he went to his girlfriend's house, where he continued to drink alcohol and smoke cannabis.

In a victim impact statement, Mr O'Shea's widow Lisa, who was also injured in the collision, said she would never get over her loss.

"The laughter is gone from our house," she told the court.

Quinlivan was the last of the four men to be pulled from the water around 7am this morning.

The three other men, who are also from Castleconnell, are said to be in a comfortable condition in hospital.

Irish Independent

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