Wednesday 21 March 2018

Harrowing fallout of a mother's heavy drinking

Maeve Sheehan reports on the case of Faith Varden-Carberry, who sued her parents after a fatal car crash

LAST week, a 12-year-old girl settled a legal action against her parents for negligence. Faith Varden-Carberry was badly injured and traumatised after her alcoholic mother, Mary Carberry, crashed the car she was driving after a day of heavy drinking. Mary Carberry was already banned from driving at the time.

Faith survived, along with four-year-old John Logan. Faith's sister, Ava, 6, and another child, Michaela Logan, 9, were killed. The tragedy was heart-rending and highly publicised, not least because of her mother's role in it. Questions were also raised about the state of the disused road outside Edgeworthstown where the car ploughed into a clay embankment. At such a tender age, Faith experienced the death of an only sibling, her mother jailed for dangerous driving and the harrowing fallout on her father who bought the car for her mother, and her remaining extended family.

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