The Hungarian government has said an Irishman involved in a fatal road crash in Budapest 13 years ago will be allowed to serve his sentence in Ireland, if he first surrenders himself to the authorities in Hungary.

Ciarán Tobin was convicted in his absence of negligent driving after his car struck two children in Budapest in April 2000, killing them both.

He was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Two attempts to extradite him to Hungary have failed.

The Department of Justice said Minister Alan Shatter wrote to his Hungarian counterpart last Thursday evening about the issue, but has not yet received a reply.