The parents of a four-year-old boy, who was killed last April in a road traffic accident, have each been awarded €10,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court for mental distress and loss against a car insurance company.
Little Ciaran Treacy was in a car driven by his mother, Gillian Treacy, when it was struck by a another vehicle on April 17 last, near Portarlington, Co Laois.
Barrister Justin McQuade said that Ciaran had died in the collision.
His mother Gillian, who is now in a wheelchair, was seriously injured and Ciaran's brother Sean (8) was injured.
His father, Ronan Treacy, of Kilmalogue, Portarlington, Co Laois, brought the legal action on his and other family members' behalf under the Civil Liability Act 1961.
Treacy sued car owners Mondelez Ireland Ltd, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin, Leaseplan Fleet Management Services Ireland Ltd, Leaseplan House, Leopardstown, Dublin; and car driver Finbar O'Rourke, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin. The court heard Mr O'Rourke's insurance company had accepted liability.
Mr McQuade said the total damages for mental distress offered amounted to €35,000, including €10,000 for each parent; €5,000 each to his two siblings and €1,250 each to his four grandparents.
The judge also awarded €8,000 funeral expenses.