A fitness to plea application has been withdrawn at Donegal Circuit Court in relation to the case of Shaun Kelly who is charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men in a crash near Buncrana on July 11, 2011.
The trial is expected to commence in Letterkenny Circuit Court on July 15 next.
Judge John O’Hagan said today that he was well aware of the fact that the delays in the case caused discomfort and pain and he had a duty to ensure that Kelly received a fair trial.
Kelly (25) of Hill Road, Ballymagan, Buncrana, was driving when his car was in collision with an oncoming vehicle.
His seven passengers - Eamon McDaid (22) of Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin (21) of Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty (19), of Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney (19) of Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin (21) of Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney (23), of Meenaduff, Clonmany and Damien McLaughlin (21), of Umricam, Buncrana all died in the crash.
The driver of the other car, Hugh Friel (66), Urris, Clonmany, was also killed.
The defendant was present in court, as were many family members of those who died.