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Court fight on death of newlywed

HEALTH and safety experts have been accused of exceeding their authority by launching an inquiry into a car accident in which a young woman died allegedly because of road resurfacing works.

Donegal County Council has challenged the HSA decision, in late 2006, over its probe into the death of Sinead McDaid (22) from Carndonagh, Donegal.

She died after her car went out of control on June 12, 2001 near the village of Culdaff on the Inishowen peninsula.

She had been recently married to Rodney McDaid and the couple were within days of moving into their new home.

The council had been carrying out resurfacing works on the road and it was later alleged by her family that evidence suggested there were loose chippings and inadequate signage.

In its High Court action, the council argues the scene of the fatality was not a place of work and the HSA is therefore not entitled to conduct such an investigation.

The case continues.