The High Court has approved an interim settlement of €1.3m in the case of a six-year-old boy who was brain damaged at birth.

Mark Kearney-Clifford from Ballylickey, Bantry, Co Cork, had, through his mother, sued the HSE over the circumstances of his birth at Cork University Maternity Hospital in March 2010.

The court heard there was an alleged failure to perform a caesarean section or deliver the baby in time to prevent him suffering from a lack of oxygen to the brain.

The claims were denied and the settlement was reached without admission of liability.

The court was told the boy cannot speak, suffers seizures every day and requires 24-hour care.

He is totally blind but can hear certain sounds.

Lawyers said his family, with the help of the Jack and Jill Children's Foundation, has taken care of him for the last six years along with limited help from the HSE.

Mark's mother Grace Kearney told the court she was grateful for the advice from her legal team and the family felt relief that the legal proceedings were now over.

Approving the settlement, Justice Kevin Cross said it was a very good one and would be beneficial for Mark.

The judge praised the Kearney and Clifford families for the love and care they had given Mark and said they were a credit to society.

Mr Justice Cross said it showed this country was still a place where there was family and community support.