A High Court action by a man who claims he was sexually abused by Dr Michael Shine during a hospital examination 19 years ago has been settled.

The case had been adjourned twice since last Wednesday when the court was told 80-year-old Dr Shine was ill and in hospital. He is expected to be discharged later, the court heard.

Ronan MacConnoran, 33, claimed the abuse occurred during an examination by the orthopaedic surgeon in the Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co Louth, in February 1993.

He brought an action for damages against Dr Shine, of Drogheda Road, Mornington, Co Meath.

It was also against the North Eastern Health Board (now the HSE) and the Medical Missionaries of Mary, the former owners of Lourdes Hospital.

Mr MacConnoron, a self employed roofer, from Ardee Road, Dunleer, Co Louth, sought damages for assault, battery, false imprisonment, and/or fraudulent concealment, sexual abuse and emotional suffering allegedly caused by the negligence and breach of duty by the defendants.

Today, following talks between the parties’ Senior Counsel, John Gordon, for Mr McConnoron said he was pleased to say the matter had been settled and could be struck out.

A jury of seven men and five women which had been selected to hear the case was told it had been settled and were thanked by Mr Justice Eamon de Valera before being discharged.

Mr MacConneron had received a "strong six-figure sum" as well as his costs as part of the settlement, his solicitor Dave Coleman said after the case.