The High Court in Cork has awarded €900,000 to the family of a 42-year-old man who was fatally injured while training for a charity cycle in Kerry in aid of people with Down Syndrome.
Paud O’Leary was out on an early morning training cycle for the 112-mile Ring of Kerry charity race when he was struck by a Toyota Landcruiser and fatally injured at Scrahan Fada, Gneeveguilla, near Killarney on 1 July 2012.
The married father-of-four was a native of Gneeveguilla. His four children were aged 14,12, nine and seven at the time of his death.
One of his daughters has Down Syndrome and the court was told that after a recent setback she was not living as independently as she had been.
Mr Justice Michael Hanna approved the settlement offer entirely on the terms recommended by counsel with the exception of one amendment, a direct payment of over €2,000.
Judge Hanna told Mr O'Leary's widow Margaret, and eldest daughter, Shannon, a student in UCC, that this would be towards "something in the nature of a family holiday to remember happy times. What happened was an appalling tragedy but it is important to remember
happy times too."
In April 2015, a six-and-a-half-year prison sentence was imposed on a young man for dangerous driving causing the death of Mr O'Leary.
Shane Fitzgerald, of Knockeen, Meelin, Newmarket in Co Cork, had denied the charge of dangerous driving causing death.
The court had heard that the collision between Mr Fitzgerald's Toyota Landcruiser, and Mr O'Leary had blown the deceased and his bike off the road so much that both were found some distance behind a hedge.
Mr Fitzgerald left the scene but was arrested in February 2014 at Heathrow Airport after he was spotted in the UK en route back to Australia where he had been living.