A six-year-old Co Roscommon boy who has had cerebral palsy since birth has been awarded a €4m settlement by the High Court.

Through his mother, Mary, Seamus Dwyer brought a case for damages against Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe in Co Galway.

The consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist in charge of Seamus's delivery, Dr John Monaghan, had admitted liability.

Mary Dwyer, of Corroy, Ballymurray, Co Roscommon took the action for damages on behalf of her son who was born at the hospital in March 1999.

The court was told that Seamus showed no signs of life after an induced labour. He was resuscitated by hospital staff and treated at the Special Care Baby Unit at the hospital for a week.

He was then transferred to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin.

The court was told that Seamus has cerebral palsy and severe intellectual and physical disabilities and is dependant on others for all his daily activities.

It was further stated that his condition is permanent and he will continue to require ongoing treatment and assistance for the rest of his life.