Tuesday 21 November 2017

Super-rich Dolores wins €8k in crash compensation

‘It could be you’: Dolores McNamara from Limerick toasts her €115m win in the EuroMillions draw in 2005. Photo: David Conachy
‘It could be you’: Dolores McNamara from Limerick toasts her €115m win in the EuroMillions draw in 2005. Photo: David Conachy

Gordon Deegan

Euromillions jackpot winner Dolores McNamara yesterday received €8,401 in a court settlement arising from her claim for damages after a road collision.

The settlement at Killaloe District Court, sitting at Brian Boru on the Hill licensed premises in Ballina, will add only fractionally to Ms McNamara's current estimated fortune of €105m.

The €8,401 is also less than half the €17,500 the mother-of-six (56) can earn in monthly interest payments from her vast wealth.

However, it is understood that the principle involved and a wish to have her position vindicated, rather than the money, was the issue for Ms McNamara.

She took the court action against William Butler, of Ballyhea, Charleville, Cork, over the road collision, in which her Mercedes sustained "extensive material damage" on October 27, 2015.

Ms McNamara remains Ireland's biggest-ever EuroMillions jackpot winner with her €115m prize in 2005.

Evidence in the case was due to be heard before Judge Aeneas McCarthy yesterday, but when the case was called, Ms McNamara's solicitor David Scott said that talks were ongoing outside court and asked for more time.

Shortly after, Sandra Barnwell, counsel for Mr Butler, returned to court and told the judge that "a compromise has been reached" and the hearing would not be going ahead.

The settlement spared Ms McNamara the requirement to give a sworn eyewitness account of what happened on the date of the collision.


Mr Scott said that an order in the amount of €8,401 could be made in favour of Ms McNamara, plus costs -which included the costs of an engineer's report.

No admission of liability was made in the case.

The fiercely private Ms McNamara sat at the back of the courtroom while the judge heard other cases on the list.

She exited the licensed premises through a side entrance at the end of her own case without being photographed.

Ms McNamara lives at Lough Derg Hall, Ogonnelloe, and it was near her home that the mid-morning collision took place on October 27, 2015, at Ballyloughnane, Ogonnelloe.

It is understood that no report of anyone sustaining physical injuries was reported at the time to gardai.

It is believed that Mr Butler's white commercial Ford vehicle came around a bend and Ms McNamara had pulled in her Mercedes alongside a ditch and was stationary in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid a collision.

It is not known the level of damages that Ms McNamara was seeking as a result of her civil action. However, the maximum that can be claimed in the district court is €15,000.

The Sunday Independent Rich List recently put a value of €105m on Ms McNamara's wealth. Six months after her win, she spent €2m on Lough Derg Hall at Ogonnelloe, which overlooks Lough Derg.

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