Inishowen man pleads guilty to dangerous driving causing eight deaths

Shaun Kelly pictured at an earlier court hearing.
Shaun Kelly pictured at an earlier court hearing.

An Inishowen man has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight people in a road crash in Co. Donegal.

The crash at Meenaduff, between Buncrana and Clonmany in July 2010, was Ireland’s worst ever road accident.

Seven of the victims were travelling in the same car.

Shaun Kelly, Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, pleaded guilty to the charge at Letterkenny Circuit Court this morning.

Earlier, he had pleaded not guilty to the charge and a jury of six men and six women was selected.

Kelly, however, then asked to be re-arraigned and changed his plea to guilty.

Judge John O’Hagan directed that probation and welfare reports be prepared and medical reports made available.

Judge O’Hagan thanked the family members of the eight deceased men for attending court “so often.”

He invited a representative of each family to produce a victim impact report.

Kelly was released on continuing bail and will be sentenced in December.

The eight men who died in the collision were Hugh Friel, Mark McLaughlin, Damien McLaughlin, PJ McLaughlin, James McEleney, Paul Doherty, Ciaran Sweeney and Eamon McDaid.