Parents of dead student condemn 'senseless carnage'Monday 12 May 2014 23.11
The parents of a 20-year-old Leitrim student who was assaulted and died outside a chip shop in Mullingar in Co Westmeath over three years ago have appealed for somebody to stop the violence on the streets of Ireland at weekends.
Joe and Rosie Dolan were speaking after a judge sentenced a man and a woman for assaulting their son Andrew on 23 December 2011.
24-year-old Patrick Daly of Mulpheddar, Clonee, Co Meath was sentenced to 240 hours community service in lieu of a two-year jail sentence.
21-year-old Jessica Hughes of Greenfield Heights, Rathwire, Killucan, Co Westmeath was sentenced to serve 160 hours community service in lieu of a five month jail sentence.
At an earlier court a second man pleaded guilty to Mr Dolan's manslaughter and was sentenced to three and half years in jail.
Mr Dolan, a biomedical science student, died after an incident outside a chip shop in Mullingar in December 2011.
After today’s hearing, his father said Andrew's death was yet another incident of random mindless violence, which occurred with alarming frequency every weekend in Ireland, and for which there appeared to be almost a social acceptance.
"How many more innocent young people must die or suffer life-changing injuries and how many more families must be ruined before someone cries stop?"
"In God's name can someone call a halt to this senseless carnage?"