A Cork coroner has asked to meet members of the Polish community to air his concerns about drink-driving.

Frank O'Connell made the request following what he called the disproportionate number of fatalities involving Polish nationals coming before his court.

He made his comments during an inquest into the death of a 49-year-old Polish man.

Stanislaw Domagala died after the car he was driving crashed into a ditch near Ballyvourney last June.

The inquest sitting in Macroom heard that the married father-of-two was three times over the legal limit for alcohol when he crashed into a ditch.

Mr O'Connell has asked to meet members of the Polish community in Ballyvourney to air his concerns about road safety.

Local gardaí welcomed the move and said the issue has been aired with the community on several occasions.

They added that they had issued translated copies of the rules of the road.