Garda Derek Cloughley: ‘Unfortunately there is a cohort of people who refuse to think of the consequences of their actions.’

In his 22 years as a member of the Garda Traffic Corps, Derek Cloughley has stopped hundreds of drunk drivers, attended the scenes of horrific crashes(...)

Last year the Irish Court of Appeal said it would consider setting sentencing guidelines in cases of dangerous driving causing death

Minister for Transport Shane Ross has no plans to reconsider the maximum penalties for dangerous driving causing death. The issue of consistency of (...)

Four-year-old Ciarán Treacy was killed by drunk-driver Finbarr O’Rourke. Photographs: The Irish Times

Letters written by the father of the four-year-old boy killed by a drunk driver reveal the harrowing grief for his dead son. In a letter to Finbarr O(...)

Finbarr O’Rourke had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Ciarán Treacy on April 17th, 2014

A drunk driver jailed for the death of a four-year-old boy has had 18 months cut from his jail term following an appeal. Finbarr O’Rourke (41), of La(...)

Finbarr O’Rourke had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Ciarán Treacy on April 17th, 2014.

A drunk driver jailed for dangerous driving causing the death of a four-year-old boy was sentenced “as an example” to the wider community “rather than(...)

Gillian and Ronan Treacy, parents of Ciarán Treacy (4) who died when the car he was travelling in was hit by another driven by Finbarr O’Rourke,  after O’Rourke was sentenced. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

The parents of Ciarán Treacy are hopeful that their son’s death might prevent other families from suffering at the hands of drink-drivers. Gillian and(...)

Finbarr O’Rourke

The full text of Judge Kennan Johnson remarks at the sentencing hearing on Tuesday of Finbar O’Rourke at Portlaoise Circuit Court: In this case the a(...)

Gillian and Ronan Treacy, parents of Ciarán Treacy (4) who died when the car he was travelling in was hit by another driven by Finbarr O’Rourke, after O’Rourke was sentenced. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

A drink driver who killed a four-year-old boy and severely injured his mother in a crash last year has been jailed for 7½ years. Ciarán Treacy was kil(...)

Ciaran Treacy was killed in a car crash in Portlaoise. In her statement, his mother Gillian Treacy told the court: “After an hour of the firemen cutting me from the car, all this time I was watching the panic and fear etched on their faces while they tried to free me from the car and as they worked on me and both my boys.” Photograph: Courts Collins

A victim impact statement written by parents of a deceased young boy should be compulsory reading for anyone considering drink driving, a Circuit Cour(...)

Finbarr O’Rourke has been accused of dangerous driving causing the death of Ciarán Treacy at Ballymorris, Portlaoise, on April 17th this year.

A man charged with dangerous driving causing the death of a four-year-old boy has been remanded on bail until February 12th.Portlaoise District Court (...)