Sligo woman awarded damages against men who killed her husband

The widow of a Co. Sligo man who was gunned down in 1999 has been awarded nearly three quarters of a million euros in a long legal battle against the men responsible for his murder, one of whom was based in Ballyshannon.

58 year old Margaret Madden, owner of a B&B at Lough Gara House in Monasteraden sued 4 men for the loss of her husband and her own nervous shock, and distress.

Margeret Madden suffered a heart attack when she heard a loud bang and ran downstairs to find her husband face down by the car outside their house covered in blood.

52 year old Terence Madden, bled to death having been shot in both legs at close range.

She's sued 4 men for damages including 3 who were convicted by the Special Criminal Court for the murder  Michael Doohan of Ahsbury Lawns, Ballinode, Joseph Herron, formerly of Chapel Street, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal and Patrick McGrath formerly of Gurteen, Co Sligo.

The fourth man pleaded guilty to possession of a sawn-off shotgun.

The court heard this was a contract shooting ordered by former member of the defence forces, neighbour Michael Doohan, in a grudge over the Maddens running a bed and breakfast business near his mother's B&B.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine noted Margaret Madden suffered flashbacks and still has trouble sleeping.

She awarded her 722 thousand euros in damages.

Outside the court, Margaret Madden outlined how tough the last 13 years have been.........

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