The parents of the late Andrew Dolan have called for an end to the “random mindless violence which occurs with alarming frequency every weekend in Ireland.”
Joe and Rosie Dolan from Carrick-on-Shannon were speaking after two people who assaulted their son on the night he was fatally injured, were given community service in lieu of jail sentences. at Mullingar Circuit Court.
Andrew was assaulted by Jessica Hughes, Rathwire, Killucan, Co Westmeath, and Patrick Daly, Mulphedder, Clonard, Co Meath on December 23rd, 2011 at Pearse St., Mullingar. He died on January 1, 2012.
Last Monday, Daly was sentenced to 240 hours of community service in lieu of two years in prison. Hughes was sentenced to 160 hours in lieu of five months in prison.
The Dolan family said, “We are unhappy with the manner in which the prosecutions were conducted and we feel the system has failed Andrew, ourselves and everyone who walks the streets at night.”
For more on this story, see pages 4 and 5 of this week’s Leitrim Observer.