A good Decent Doctor, who helped people all his Life, should not have been left to die on a road; the Taxi Driver did not Stop so he (McSweeney) will have to live with Dr Lawlor’s death for the rest of his life?

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How a man who helped the most vulnerable was himself left to die

Dr Martin Lawlor was one of the top psychiatric consultants in Britain and Ireland. While walking to his hotel near Cork Airport in December 2018, he was hit by a car and fatally injured. The driver failed to stop. Martin’s sister, Susan, spoke to Tadhg Evans after the driver was sentenced in Cork last week

Dr Susan Lawlor, a mental-health consultant and
                  sister of the Late Martin Lawlor, pictured above
                  recently in Tralee
Denis McSweeney (75), Pouladuff Road,
                  Ballyphehane, Co Cork, was sentenced last Wednesday to
                  four years in prison
Dr Susan Mary Lawlor outside Cork Circuit
                  Criminal Court last Wednesday at the sentencing
                  hearing of Cork taxi driver Denis McSweeney. She spoke
                  of her loss of her big brother, best friend and
                  colleague in a victim-impact statement which she
                  delivered remotely at the sentencing hearing. Photo:
                  Provision

Dr Susan Lawlor, a mental-health consultant and sister of the Late Martin Lawlor, pictured above recently in Tralee

February 10 2021 06:30 AM


Dr Susan Lawlor has told The Kerryman that those who loved her brother – Dr Martin Lawlor, one of the top psychiatric consultants in Britain and Ireland – must forever live with the tragic irony that a man who devoted himself to helping the most vulnerable was himself left to die on the side of a road.

Denis McSweeney (75) of Pouladuff Road, Ballyphehane, Cork, was jailed last week for four years after driving away on December 15, 2018, from the scene on the Airport Road in Cork, where his car struck the late Tralee native, a father of three.

Speaking two days after judge Seán Ó Donnabháin sentenced Mr McSweeney, a taxi driver at the time of the incident, to five years in prison with the final year suspended, Susan said she found it incredibly difficult to process the details that emerged at Cork Circuit Criminal Court. She has since chosen to speak out to instil in people the importance of staying at the scene of a road traffic collision.

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