High Court blocks HSA probe into death of Sinead McDaid

The High Court has blocked the Health and Safety Authority from investigating the death of Donegal woman Sinead McDaid.

Sinead, from Carndonagh died in a single-vehicle accident  June 12, 2001 when her car skidded and crashed at Dunross between Culdaff and Malin.

Her family maintain it had occurred as a result of loose chipping and inadequate signage at the site where Donegal County Council had been carrying out road resurfacing works.

The president of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, yesterday granted Donegal County Council an order preventing the HSA investigating or taking a prosecution over the accident.

The judge said he was satisfied that the place where the accident occurred was "not a place of work" at the relevant time.

The HSA, therefore, lacked the jurisdiction to either investigate or bring a prosecution against anyone over the matter, he said.

Commenting Sinead's father Sean said he couldn't understand the judges ruling stating that It is only round two and he will not stop until he gets answers as to why his daughter is dead.