Children awarded €26,000 after gardai smashed into car
FOUR children who were passengers in their mother's car when it was hit by a garda patrol car have been awarded a total of €26,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.
Barrister James Kelly said the accident had happened in 2005 but there had been a lengthy dispute on liability that eventually ended up in the High Court.
That court ultimately held in favour of the children's mother.
Lorraine McEvoy, of Crumlin Park, Crumlin, Dublin, had sued the State on behalf of her daughters Megan (10), Cody (11) and Lauren (13) and her son Dean (15).
Mr Kelly told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery that the children were six years younger when the accident occurred and each had suffered soft tissue injuries that had cleared up relatively quickly after the crash on the Tallaght bypass in November 2005.
He said the garda car had been travelling "at some degree of urgency" but without its warning lights or siren on and had forcibly struck Ms McEvoy's car as she was making a right turn.
Judge Deery approved settlement offers by the State of €6,000 each for Megan and Lauren with €6,500 for Dean and €7,500 for Cody.
A claim for damages on her own behalf by Ms McEvoy was adjourned.