The High Court has approved a settlement of €4.5m to a 14-year-old boy who sustained injuries that left him severely disabled during his birth in Sligo General Hospital.

Evan Doyle, from Sligo, who sued through his mother Janice, argued that negligence and breach of duty by those caring for him and his mother during his delivery had led to his injuries.

The settlement was made without admission of liability by the Health Service Executive.

Evan Doyle has cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic. His legal team had argued that combination of factors led to him sustaining his injuries.

These include too high a dose of a labour-inducing drug being given to his mother, the detachment of a monitor during the labour process, too long a delay before the decision was taken to carry out a Caesarian section and the delay in a consultant arriving to carry out the delivery.

The hospital contested all these arguments, saying the dose of labour-inducing drug given was standard practice, there was no negligence involved in the detachment of the monitor and that the consultant arrived within the normally permitted time limit.

Approving the settlement, Mr Justice John Quirke criticised the system under which damages in such cases are assessed, saying it was greatly in need of review. He described the system as very speculative and not very logical.

Justice Quirke said the sum being provided for Evan Doyle's future nursing care may prove grossly inadequate, making the system utterly unsatisfactory.

Afterwards, Evan's father, John, said he and his wife were glad the case was now over and that it had been 'a long couple of years'.

Mr Doyle thanked his legal and medical team and anyone who had worked with Evan and said the family are blessed with a great son and they are so proud of him.

He said the case had never been about money, but about getting answers, which they had now got.