A COUNTY Mayo man, recently extradited from the US, has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after appearing before the Circuit Criminal Court in Castlebar on Wednesday.
Francis Carr, a man in his 20s from Cappaghduff, Tourmakeady, was the driver in a car crash that resulted in the deaths of 18-year-old Orla O'Malley, Cross, Co Mayo, and 20-year-old Seán Halloran, Clonbur, Co Galway.
Mr Carr crashed into a wall at Churchfield, Tourmakeady, on June 4, 2017, whereupon Halloran, sitting in the front, and O’Malley, a student nurse seated in the back seat, were killed.
The three youngsters were returning from a Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta GAA event in Tourmakeady when the accident occurred.
The defendant, who was injured but soon made a recovery, later departed for the United States.
When arraigned before Judge Rory MacCabe, Mr Carr also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance, The Irish Times reports.
He has been in custody since his extradition and will remain there until sentencing. The hearing is scheduled for July 6.
A probation report is being prepared in the meantime.