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Nicola Kenny was killed in a collision

Nicola Kenny was killed in a collision

Nicola Kenny was killed in a collision

The family of a young Tipperary mother who was killed in a tragic road accident has settled a High Court action over her death for €800,000.

Nicola Kenny (26) was on her way to check on her day-old baby daughter, who had been transferred to a Dublin hospital from Clonmel, when a truck crashed into the car in which she was a passenger.

Nicola, from Thurles, was travelling with her mother Ann and aunt Irene Whelan.

The car had pulled into the hard shoulder of the M8 Motorway in south Tipperary to take a call from the hospital concerning the health of Nicola's baby Lily-Rose.

She had just heard the news her baby girl was in good health and ready to be transferred back to a Tipperary hospital when the accident happened.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross yesterday approved a settlement of €800,000 for the family, including Lily Rose who is now four.

Three other actions, including ones for post traumatic stress disorder by Nicola's father Paddy and her brother Patrick Junior and a case by her mother Ann as a result of injuries she sustained in the accident, were also noted as settled by the judge.

The settlements were against Castlekeeran Transport Ltd of Carnaross, Kells, Co Meath - the owners of the truck involved in the accident - and the driver Ciaran McBride, Tievenamara Road, Carna, Keady, Co Armagh.

Jeremy Maher SC, for Castlekeeran Transport and Mr McBride, expressed to the court "remorse for the tragic events of this case".

Devoted

Outside court Nicola's father Paddy said he and his wife Ann have devoted themselves to looking after Lily Rose.

"Nicola was a great daughter, Lily Rose is now our reason to get up in the morning. We have dedicated our lives to Lily Rose. She is four now and looking forward to school," he said.

"Lily Rose is the light of our lives. It would not be worth living except for her."

Paddy Kenny, Kennedy Park, Thurles, Co Tipperary, had brought the action over the accident on September 5, 2016, on the M8 Motorway between Cahir and Cashel.

It was claimed there was a failure to take any, or any adequate, measures to avoid the collision. The claims were denied.

Counsel for the Kennys, David Kennedy SC, told the court Nicola had given birth to Lily Rose the day before and the baby had been transferred to a Dublin hospital over a concern in relation to her mouth.

The next day, counsel said the car pulled over on the hard shoulder and the truck hit them.

Counsel said Nicola had worked in Tesco and her mother and father were going to help bringing up Lily Rose. Mr Justice Cross offered his sympathies to the family on what he said was a sad and tragic case.


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