A Dublin man has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, with the final two years suspended, for the manslaughter of journalist Eugene Moloney.

Gary Burch, 22, of Kennington Close in Templeogue, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of the 55-year-old Donegal man in Dublin last summer.

Mr Moloney was attacked on his way home from a friend's stag party in the city centre in the early hours of 24 June, 2012.

The journalist was hit on the head after passing a group of youths outside a nightclub on Camden Street.

He never regained consciousness and died a short time later.

At Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, Justice Mary Ellen Ring said she had to take a number of mitigating factors into account.

She said Burch had expressed genuine remorse for the killing, he had apologised to the victim's family and had no previous convictions.

Outside court, Mr Moloney's brother, Sean, expressed disappointment with the length of the sentence.

He said nothing could bring his brother back, but added that the judge had done all that she could.

"When you looked at the other family you realise just what a sorry day it is for both families.

"Insofar as no amount of justice will bring our brother back, the other man's life is ruined," he said.