A 13-year-old boy has settled a High Court action against the National Maternity Hospital over the circumstances of his birth for €7.25m.

Finn Phillips, from Lusk in Co Dublin, had sued the hospital through his mother.

The settlement was made without admission of liability by the National Maternity Hospital, which denied all of the claims.

The High Court was told today that Finn, who was born at the hospital on 30 July 2005, is on the autism spectrum.

Counsel for Finn Phillips, Jeremy Maher SC, said it was their contention that he is "on the autism spectrum as a result of issues which arose during the course of his birth".

Mr Maher said the now 13-year-old had a traumatic birth after a prolonged labour.

The court was told Finn was "born limp and unresponsive and he had to have immediate resuscitation".

It was alleged there was a breach of duty on the part of the National Maternity Hospital, but the court was told that the hospital does not concede that there was a breach of duty.

Mr Maher said the legal action, taken through Finn's mother Lisa Marie Murphy, was a test case.

He said Finn will require help and supervision for the rest of his life.

He said the settlement of €7.25m, which was reached following mediation earlier this week, will be used to cover the costs of various therapies, as well as retrospective and future care costs.

In approving the settlement at the High Court today, Mr Justice Kevin Cross wished Finn Phillips and his family "all the best for the future".

Speaking outside the High Court, Lisa Marie Murphy said her son is a wonderful boy.

She said "he would have been a fantastic man had everything gone according to plan, but unfortunately it didn't".

"Now we can make strides to make him be the best man that he can be," she added.

The family's solicitor, Cian O'Carroll, said he believes all the parties are happy with the outcome.

He said "the State looked at this through mediation in a very reasonable fashion".

"It was settled presumably because the State was concerned about the strength of the arguments that Lisa Marie had put together," he added.

Cian O'Carroll also said "it doesn't however stand as a precedent which would affect other cases. Each case is looked at in its own circumstances".

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