A 24-year-old man has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for dangerous driving causing the death of a friend in a road crash in Co Meath over three years ago.

Conor Walsh of Cornelstown House, Dunboyne Co Meath, had originally pleaded not guilty to the charge of dangerous driving causing the death of Ronan Dunne at Cornelstown on 23 December 2015.

However, he admitted the offence midway through his trial at Trim Circuit Court.

In handing down sentence today, Judge Martina Baxter said the Dunne family had been ripped apart by their son's death, which came just days before Christmas that year.

She noted Walsh was ten times over the drink-driving limit for a learner driver at the time of the crash.

Judge Baxter described his behaviour as "reckless", saying that he drank excessively that night and took a chance.

Mr Dunne was a front-seat passenger in the car driven by Walsh when it crashed.

Judge Baxter noted that Walsh remained at the scene and attempted to give his friend CPR.

While acknowledging Walsh had constantly shown remorse, she said that he is a well-educated man and informed on the dangers of drink-driving.

She sentenced him to three-and-a-half years in prison, suspending the final six months and also disqualified him for driving for ten years.