A NUMBER of groups have expressed their disgust at the four year sentence that was handed down to Kevin McArdle, who killed three people and an unborn child in a horror crash last Christmas.
While he was sentenced to four years, the final year was suspended, leading some to suggest he could be out in as little as two years.
Both A-Ceart and the Public Against Road Carnage (PARC) have both spoken about how they feel the setence was far too lenient.
Speaking this week, Mary Clinton of road safety group A-Ceart, said she was disgusted by Tuesday’s verdict which she described as ridiculous.
Speaking with the Monaghan Democrat Ms Clinton said: “It is an extremely lenient sentence. For this man to drink nine beers and five brandies and then get into a car and annihilate four innocent lives and only get that sentence, it’s appalling and disgusting.
“Life is so special and precious. This sentence shows a complete lack of respect for the value of human life. A sentence like this is absolutely no deterrent.”
Ms Clinton believes McArdle should have got a ten year sentence.
“He could be out within 22 months with remission on his sentence for good behaviour.
“This woman (Roisin Connolly) had just travelled back from Donegal after telling her family the great news that she was pregnant.
“All I can describe it as is appalling and disgusting.”
Road Safety Campaigner, Donegal woman Mary Clinton, founded A-CEART (Action - Campaign for Education Against Road Tragedies) in 2004.
This campaign group focuses on the need for more education interventions to address Ireland’s appalling road safety record. T
he group will have a specific focus on education and incorporating road safety into all levels of the national curriculum.
Susan Gray of PARC appeared on the Last Word drive time programme on Today FM and talked at some length on the subject and suggested that the sentence was not nearly good enough.
However when contacted by the Monaghan Democrat Ms Gray refused to give any comment to the newspaper.