The High Court has approved a €5 million settlement in the case of a 22-year-old man who sustained a brain injury as a young boy in a car crash.

The court was told Kyle Duffy from Castlehill Park, Castlebar, was five at the time of the crash on 11 December 1998.

He was not wearing a seat belt and was a back seat passenger in the car, which was involved in a crash with another vehicle at Swinford in Co Mayo.

It was alleged that another vehicle had turned right across the road and directly into the path of the car in which Kyle was travelling, along with three other children.

It was claimed the driver of the other car had been driving at an excessive speed, without due care and attention, and had failed to keep a proper lookout.

It was also alleged that the driver had not given other drivers any indication or warning of what he was about to do before the crash.

John Jordan, Senior Counsel for Mr Duffy, said his client had suffered a catastrophic brain injury in the collision.

The court was told that with assistance he had gone on to complete his education and had achieved an honours degree, but still required assistance and some protection.

The settlement figure is to be lodged into accounts controlled by his parents, a solicitor and himself until new legislation governing assisted decision making takes effect.

The court was told that after the accident, Mr Duffy's father had to give up his job to be with his son while he was having treatment and rehabilitation in Dublin.

Mr Justice Barr paid tribute to Mr Duffy and his parents and said Mr Duffy had done "tremendously well" in his studies.

He said Mr Duffy was a man of considerable intelligence and ability.

However, he said the amount of the settlement was considerable and it was prudent to deal with it in the manner suggested by his counsel.