The family of a 37-year-old man who went missing after being discharged from the emergency department of a hospital where went to seek treatment for mental health difficulties has settled its High Court case for €200,000.

The Health Service Executive issued a statement of regret and offered its condolences to the family of Ross Minihan whose body was found in March 2016, three months after he went missing.

The settlement was made without admission of liability.

Mr Minihan, who worked as a security guard, had a history of mental health difficulties and was referred by his GP to the emergency department of University Hospital Limerick on 17 December 2015.

However, he was not admitted and was allowed home. In the middle of the night he left home and was seen near the River Shannon.

In March the following year his body was washed up on a beach in Co Clare.

Mr Minihan had previously been a patient in the acute psychiatric unit at UHL.

His family, from Rathbane in Limerick, sued the HSE and said they claimed he would still be alive if he had been admitted to hospital on 17 December 2015.

After today's settlement solicitor Ronan Hynes said it was "a devastating tragedy for the Minihan family."

He said Ross Minihan was "seeking help but unfortunately was not admitted to hospital.

"The family welcome today's mediated settlement and the HSE's expression of regret. No financial settlement can, of course, ever heal the family's pain of losing their son, brother and father, who is greatly loved and missed by his parents, siblings and his two beautiful children."