Drunk driver who caused death of 4-year-old boy to be sentenced

Heartbroken: Gillian Treacy
Heartbroken: Gillian Treacy

A drink driver who caused the death of a four-year-old boy is due to be sentenced this morning.

Ciaran Treacy died in a head-on collision as his mother Gillian drove him and his brother Sean (7) home from their grandmother's home.

Finbarr O'Rourke, (40) of Laurel Drive in Portlaoise, was arrested as he walked from the scene at Ballymorris, Portlaoise, on April 17, 2014.

The court heard he had earlier visited several pubs in Portarlington with a friend where each drank eight or 10 pints before there was a disagreement and O'Rourke decided to leave in his car.

The separated father of two previously took to the stand to apologise.

"I would give my life, I never went out to hurt anybody that day," he said. "I just didn't think, I just jumped into the car."

O'Rourke will be sentenced for dangerous driving causing Ciaran's death in Portlaoise at 10am.

Ciaran's mother, who was seriously injured in the collision, last week released a statement in which the harrowing incident was described in full.