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Tralee Courthouse3A man disqualified from driving for 12 years following the deaths of two people, is to have his driver’s licence restored.

Seán O’Leary, 58 Laurel Court, Tralee was convicted of dangerous driving causing death in 2006, after Carol Muir and Christopher Jones died following a collision with his jeep outside Tralee in 2003.

Carol Muir and Chistopher Jones, members of the band Scott’s Clan, died after the collision at Tonevane on July 21st, 2003.

On March 30th 2006, Mr O’Leary was convicted of dangerous driving causing death and received a three year custodial sentence. He was disqualified from driving for 12 years.

Mr O’Leary, now 40, brought an application before Tralee Circuit Criminal Court yesterday to have his driver’s licence restored early.

Mr O’Leary, who operated his own taxi business prior to conviction, told the court he had an offer of work in Duagh and wished to support his three children.

Addressing victims’ family members in court, he said he was “so sorry, every day and every night”.

Judge John Hannan said his heart went out to the families, but “there must always be a possibility for an offender to rehabilitate”.

He said Mr O’Leary was entitled to make a living, “if not for him, but for his children”.

The judge subsequently ceded to the application to restore Mr O’Leary’s drivers license with effect from June 1st.