A six-year-old boy who was deprived of oxygen at his birth has been awarded €18 million in settlement of his High Court action against the National Maternity Hospital.

The hospital apologised to the family of Fionn Feely from Clontarf in Dublin for the shortcomings in his care, which left him with catastrophic injuries.

Fionn was described by his parents as happy, funny, clever, mischievous and loving.

But his mother Deirdre told the High Court that as well as being a boy with a great personality, he also faced huge challenges.

He was left with a catastrophic brain injury after being deprived of oxygen at his birth.

Ms Feely was two weeks overdue when she went into Holles Street on 24 April 2015 to be induced.

The family's case was that the baby was obviously in distress but was not monitored properly.

They said if he had been delivered just three hours earlier, he would not have suffered the injury, which left him with cerebral palsy, speech and language difficulties, feeding difficulties and epilepsy.

In the aftermath of his birth, his parents were told to prepare for his death and spent the day with him waiting for him to pass away.

An apology from the National Maternity Hospital was read to the court in which the master of the hospital, Professor Shane Higgins, apologised for the shortcomings in care and apologised to Fionn for his devastating injuries.

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The hospital said it did not underestimate how difficult what had happened had been for the family.

Ms Feely said she needed the apology as she had needed the hospital to acknowledge what had happened.

It was the only relief she had had in the entire process.

The family said their lives had been dominated by the legal proceedings.

They said no amount of money would bring back the child Fionn should have been, but they hoped the settlement would allow them to enjoy being Fionn's parents and to give him everything he would need to get the most out of his life.