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Fianna Fáil TD's case over car-crash injuries is settled


Niamh Smyth

Niamh Smyth

Niamh Smyth

A lawsuit over a road traffic collision that left a TD "partially incapacitated" has been settled.

Fianna Fáil TD Niamh Smyth (41) sued another motorist over the 2013 crash, which she said left her with "serious personal injuries" and wrote off her car.

Her case against construction worker Max Mulpeter (26) looked set to go to court after it was set down for trial last April.

However, the Irish Independent has learned the matter has now been settled and struck out by the High Court.

It is unclear how much the Cavan-Monaghan TD will receive. Ms Smyth told the Irish Independent it was a term of the settlement that the amount was to be confidential between the parties.

However, the Irish Independent understands the total cost to Mr Mulpeter's insurers, Asgard, was around €184,000.

That figure would have included sums for third-party property damage and personal injury, Ms Smyth's legal costs and the insurance company's legal and administrative costs in dealing with the claim.

Mr Mulpeter admitted he was responsible for the collision at Carrickboy, Co Longford, in November 2013.

He was convicted of careless driving and fined €250 by the District Court. He subsequently emigrated to Australia and continues to live there.

In a statement confirming the settlement had been made, Ms Smyth said: "In my case, liability was accepted by the driver and his insurance company. He was convicted of careless driving."

It is understood the crash occurred when Mr Mulpeter pulled out too far while emerging from a secondary road.

Ms Smyth was travelling on the main road and had the right of way when the cars collided.

Ms Smyth was re-elected to the Dáil last month. She has been a TD since 2016, serving as Fianna Fáil spokesperson on arts and heritage.

Her injuries were said to include facial scarring involving a deep cut on the left side of her forehead.

Mr Mulpeter said he had no comment to make on the settlement.

Irish Independent