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Further €9 million awarded to girl who suffered brain injury at birth

Roisin Conroy has cerebral palsy as a result of her birth at the hospital in Portlaoise in 2001.

Kevin and Mary Conroy, parents of Roisin, pictured today leaving the High Court in Dublin two years ago.
Kevin and Mary Conroy, parents of Roisin, pictured today leaving the High Court in Dublin two years ago.
Image: Laura Hutton/RollingNews.ie

A 14-YEAR-old girl who suffered a brain injury at birth has been awarded a further €9 million in a settlement with the HSE.

Roisin Conroy has cerebral palsy as a result of her birth at Midlands Regional Hospital in Portlaoise in 2001. An interim settlement of €2.6 million had been made with the HSE in 2013 and today’s High Court approval brings the total award to €11.6 million.

Dr Susan O’Reilly, Chief Executive of the Dublin Midlands Regional Hospital Group said the HSE had acknowledged “there were significant failings in the care of Roisin Conroy and apologised for these failings, and for the suffering and distress which they continue to cause to Roisin and her family”.

The Dublin Midlands Regional Hospital Group wishes to restate that sincere apology once again today. The HSE fully appreciated that neither this apology nor the financial compensation granted by the court can negate the suffering and distress experienced by Roisin and her family.

However she said the group wishes to emphasise that lessons have been learned and changes have been undertaken at the hospital to improve patient care.

“The Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and the HSE are confident that the Midlands Regional Hospital at Portlaoise provides a safe level of service to its patients in the Midlands area today.”

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