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Killer drunk driver has sentence reduced

A drunk driver who killed a young boy in Laois has successfully appealed his seven and a half year sentence.

Four-year-old Ciaran Treacy died when Finbarr O’Rourke’s car crashed into the car he was travelling in with his mother and older brother in April 2014.

The father of two, with an address at Laurel Drive in Portlaoise, had consumed eight to ten pints before getting behind the wheel.

His sentence was reduced to eight years with the final two suspended after the Court of Appeal agreed there was an error in the construction of the original sentence.