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Monday 11 December 2017

Dail plea for 'Brendan's Law'

A MOTHER who lost her son to an accident caused by a drunk driver will plead in the Dail for support for 'Brendan's Law', which seeks tough mandatory prison sentences.

Christina Donnelly wants a minimum six-year prison sentence for drivers found over the permitted alcohol limit in fatal accidents - and for such sentences not to be reduced by suspensions or good behaviour discounts.

She wants the Irish courts to adopt a 'get tough' policy with longer license disqualifications for those who insist on drink driving and causing accidents in which people are seriously injured or killed.

Christina also wants any driver involved in a fatal collision who tests positive for being over the alcohol limit to be suspended from driving until their case is heard.

The Waterford woman's son, Brendan (24), was killed in a collision outside Castlemartyr in Cork on October 26 2009.

Strictly beats X Factor ratings

Strictly Come Dancing scored a further ratings victory last night as it beat rival The X Factor for a second night running.

Saturday's edition of the BBC1 dance contest pulled in an average audience of 8.1 million, while the ITV singing show drew 7.7 million, including viewers of its +1 catch-up channel.

Cops baffled by beach murders

Thai police investigating the murder of two British tourists said that they were no closer to an arrest as frustration grows over the lack of a breakthrough.

The bodies of Hanna Witheridge (23) and David Miller (24) were discovered on September 15 on Koh Tao island, popular with divers who come for its coral reefs and beach parties.

Police have offered a €17k reward for information leading to an arrest. Authorities are under pressure to solve the case which has garnered huge interest domestically and abroad.

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