Gran gets €100,000 after tragic family loss
A GRANDMOTHER and her family were yesterday awarded €100,000 after a devastating road crash that claimed three lives.
But Mary Mahoney of St Laurence's Field, Loughrea, Co Galway, said that no amount of money could replace her much-loved daughter, granddaughter and her daughter's partner who were all killed in the collision.
Mrs Mahoney (56) had sued Galway County Council after the road crash which claimed the lives of her daughter Yvonne (24) and her grand-daughter, Bobbi-Ann (2). Her daughter's partner, John Maloney (33), was also killed in the crash.
Mr Maloney was driving when his car emerged from a minor road on to a major road at Lodge Cross, Athenry, Co Galway, on July 9, 2006. It collided with another car and all three were killed instantly.
Mrs Mahoney, a widow, also sued the estate of the late John Maloney. She sued for damages for mental distress suffered by herself and her eight other children.
The statement of claim alleged that the county council failed to provide a clear view of the crossroads.
It said that the council failed to cut down, prune or trim the trees and hedges on the side of the road, and failed to erect yield or stop signs at the junction.
The claim also alleged that Mr Maloney was negligent and in breach of his statutory duty by virtue of his driving on the day of the tragedy.
Following protracted negotiations at the High Court in Galway on Monday, counsel for both the local authority and a nominee of the estate of Mr Maloney advised Mr Justice Michael Moriarty that they were withdrawing liability as an issue.
In court yesterday, Mr Justice Moriarty awarded a total of €100,439 and costs to Mrs Mahoney and her children.
A statement issued on behalf of the Mahoney family afterwards said that they were glad that the case was finished.
"They would like to say that Yvonne, Bobbi-Ann and her father were beloved members of the family and are sadly missed," it said.