Inquest continues into deaths of eight men in Inishowen


The inquest into the deaths of eight men killed in a crash in Inishowen in 2010 resumes today after hearing yesterday that the man serving a four year sentence after pleading guilty to causing the crash denies responsibility for it.

Solicitor Ciaran Mac Lochlainn, representing 27 year old Shaun Kelly of Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana had earlier this week tried to have the inquest stopped, becauase his client was not present.

Yesterday, 62 year old Anne Mc Gilloway from Clonmany denied she was on the wrong side of the road her car came into contact with a car being driven by Shaun Kelly.

Seven of Mr Kelly's friends and 66 year old Hugh Friel died after the crash on the evening of 11 July 2010.

Mrs McGilloway admitted that her NCT was out of date, and her car had a worn front left tyre and a broken left front headlight.

However, her solicitor Mr Frank Dorrian said his client had not been prosecuted and was not on trial.

He said Mr Kelly had pleaded guilty in the circuit court to dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men and his client should not be held responsible in any way.

He added that if Kelly had any evidence, he could take it to the court of appeal.

Meanwhile, Stephen Byrne, a barrister representing the garda commissioner denied there had been a cover up, having spent part of yesterday's proceedings of the day involved in legal argument with Mr MacLochlainn.

The eight people who died in the crash were 66 year old Hugh Friel of Urris, Clonmany, 22 year old Eamonn McDaid,  of Ballymagan, Buncrana, 21 year old Mark McLaughlin of Ballinahone, Fahan, 19 year old Paul Doherty of Ardagh, Ballyliffin, 19 year old Ciaran Sweeney of Ballyliffin, 21 year old PJ McLaughlin of Rockstown, Burnfoot, 23 year old James McEleney of Meenaduff, Clonmany and 21 year old Damien McLaughlin of Umricam, Buncrana.