Man jailed for four years, banned from driving for 15, after collision killed three

A man who admitted dangerous driving, causing the deaths of three women, has been jailed for four years and banned from driving for 15.

Man jailed for four years, banned from driving for 15, after collision killed three

A man who admitted dangerous driving causing the deaths of three women has been jailed for four years and banned from driving for 15 years.

Jason Rowntree of Kingscourt in Cavan collided with the women's car on the N2 in Louth in 2017.

Margaret McGonigle, her daughter Mairead Mundy and their friend Rachel Cassidy Battles were driving home from Dublin Airport in 2017.

The three women died instantly in the crash, with Ms Cassidy Battle's then six-year-old daughter Danni the only survivor.

Racheal Cassidy Battles; Mairead Mundy; and Margaret McGonigle, who all lost their lives after a crash following their return from holiday in Turkey.
Racheal Cassidy Battles; Mairead Mundy; and Margaret McGonigle, who all lost their lives after a crash following their return from holiday in Turkey.

Today, 32-year-old Jason Rowntree of Plantation House, Kingscourt, County Cavan was sentenced to six years in prison, with the final two suspended.

He was also banned from driving for 15 years.

Dundalk Circuit Court heard that he was driving on the wrong side of the road.

Judge Patrick Quinn suspended the final two years, saying the accused must attend alcohol awareness meetings and counselling while in prison, and to continue doing so for two years after his release.

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