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Girl (7) receives €4m settlement for car crash

A €4M settlement has been approved by the High Court in the case of a young girl who has been confined to a wheelchair as a result of a road crash in Co Donegal.

Nóirín McGarvey, now aged seven, suffered severe spinal injuries following the crash at Dunlewy, Co Donegal, on 27 May 2008.

Through her father, Ronan McGarvey of Bunbeg, Co Donegal, she had brought proceedings against William Barr (81), Middletown, Gweedore, Co Donegal.

Mr Barr was the driver of a car which crossed on to the wrong side of the road and collided with a vehicle in which Nóirín McGarvey was a passenger. Mr Barr’s wife Maggie (83) died in the crash.

Mr Barr denied liability and has claimed an indemnity against his GP on grounds he experienced a medical ailment causing him to lose control of his car.