The High Court has approved an interim settlement of just over €1m for a seven-year-old boy who was injured at birth at a hospital in Cork.

Shane Kenny, of Ballyduff in Co Waterford, had sued the Health Service Executive over the injuries he suffered at his birth in November 2004.

The High Court was told that medical staff at the Erinville Hospital failed to act quickly enough after a foetal heart monitor showed abnormalities in his heart rate.

The court also heard that the staff had negligently carried out a forceps delivery. The court heard that if Shane had been delivered earlier, by Caesarean section, he would not have suffered the damage.

The hospital has acknowledged and apologised for the events that led up to his birth and that occurred during his birth.

Shane suffers from cerebral palsy and has cognitive and developmental problems.

Despite his problems, he is attending a mainstream primary school and was described as "a very happy little boy."

Mr Justice John Quirke approved an interim settlement which will cover Shane's care and needs for the next two years. The judge said he hoped by that stage legislation will be in place which will allow for periodic payments to Shane over his life time.

Interim payments have also been made in a number of other personal injuries cases pending legislation.

The judge praised Shane's parents, Catherine and Martin, for the heroic and remarkable care they had given him.

In a statement afterwards, they said they were glad the HSE had admitted the cause for Shane's devastating brain injury and that funds would be in place to secure the care, therapies, and equipment that he needs and deserves.

They said life would never be easy for him but the facilities he required would be in place which eased their concerns somewhat for the future.

They said Shane had been through so much and would have led such a full life only for his brain injury.

However, they said since the day he was born, he had been fighting his corner and had shown incredible resilience.

They said he was a sociable, pleasurable and entertaining little boy and was their pride and joy.