Parents of young boy killed by Kildare drunk driver call for tougher sentences

THE PARENTS OF a four-year-old boy who was killed by a drunk driver from Kildare last year have given their first interview since their son’s killer was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for his crime. Speaking on RTE’s Claire Byrne Live, yesterday evening,  Ronan and Gillian Treacy, parents of Ciarán, spoke of the need for tougher sentences for drink drivers in Ireland. Sallins native Finbarr O’Rourke (40) had drunk between eight and ten pints of cider before crashing into Gillian Treacy’s car on 17 April 2014. “We have to get a fairer way of dealing with drunk drivers,” said Ronan. Whether it be tougher sentences or… I would like to even see it aligned with the UK. I think they’re around 14 years whereas here I think the maximum is 10 years.”

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