Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda has apologised to the parents of a baby boy who died hours after he was fatally injured during his delivery.

The High Court heard the circumstances of baby Evan Tuite's delivery in June 2012 were "quite horrific".

He suffered a fractured skull and significant brain injury during a forceps delivery by a junior doctor and died later that day.

The hospital denied liability until November last year.

In the High Court today, lawyers for the hospital read an apology extending "sincere and heartfelt sympathy" to baby Evan’s parents, Fiona Tuite and Ivan Murphy, and apologised for the deficits in the care of Ms Tuite and her son.

Both parents have settled their cases against the hospital. The details of those cases were not before the court.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved payment of the statutory amount of €25,000 in cases of fatal injury to be divided between the parents and Evan's brother.

The judge said it was undoubtedly an "awful event on what should have been a joyous day".

Outside court, Evan's parents said their son's death should not have happened.

Fighting back tears, Mr Murphy said hurtful allegations had been made that his baby had brittle bones, which was not the case.

He added: "It took the hospital five years to admit liability. Why did the hospital deliberately choose to prolong our suffering? I would like to see the person responsible for this decision held accountable.

"We are meant to put our confidence and trust into these people but they let us down in the worst possible way with the loss of our son.

"This should have been and could have been avoided. We still have not had an inquest into Evan's death and we can't understand why this has not yet happened.

"Today I am publicly appealing for a date for an inquest to be confirmed."

He also thanked family and friends for their support and said: "Every day I wish and pray we could have that day back again I would have said stop. I would never have let him go ahead and deliver Evan by force.

"If only he had sent Fiona for a section our baby would have been here today. He would be going to school and playing with friends. He would have the same life and love as any other child."