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Saturday 21 April 2018

Publican in jail over crash that killed Roisin

HORROR: Pregnant teacher and two others died on N2

A PUBLICAN woke in prison today after admitting that he caused the deaths of a mum-to-be and two others in a Christmas car crash.

Kevin McArdle answered "guilty" when he was charged in relation to the tragic Christmas smash yesterday.

The 29-year-old, who now walks with the aid of a stick, appeared at Monaghan Circuit Criminal Court were he was charged with dangerous driving causing death.

He spent last night at Cloverhill Prison in west Dublin after being remanded to appear in court again in October.

Pregnant Roisin Connolly (38), who was travelling in one car with her husband, died -- as did Paul Carroll (27) and Glen Curtis (28), who were travelling in the car with McArdle.

Roisin's unborn child, named Catherine, also died a short time later despite the best efforts of the medical team at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth.

The smash happened on the N2 near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, at 6.30pm on December 27 last.

Roisin, who was from Fanad in Donegal but was living in Drumcondra, was five months pregnant. McArdle's BMW collided with the Seat Toledo driven by Roisin's husband Stephen Connolly.

McArdle, who suffered a broken pelvis, spent several weeks in hospital. He was arrested and charged in January.

The maximum penalty for dangerous driving causing death is life imprisonment.

At the time of the accident, Stephen Connolly's mother Marie described her daughter-in-law as "such a lovely girl".

"We still can't believe what happened. It was such a perfect year for them. They were only married in April, and they were expecting their perfect baby next April," she said.

The mum-to-be worked at the Educate Together school in Balbriggan where colleagues said she was a bubbly teacher.

Fintan McCutcheon, principal of the school, said: "She was much loved and respected."

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