Heated exchanges as inquest into eight deaths in Inishowen accident continues

Clonmany crash

Heated exchanges as inquest into eight deaths in Inishowen accident continues

A woman whose car was damaged in the accident that killed eight men in Donegal six years ago should not have any liability or blame apportioned to her, the inquest into the accident has been told.

Anne McGilloway, 62, whose car was damaged close to the scene of the crash near Clonmany in July 2010 has been called as a witness to the inquest in Buncrana.

A solicitor representing her today called for the inquest to be dissolved amid heated legal exchanges with the solicitor representing the man who has been jailed for causing the deaths by dangerous driving.

Shaun Kelly, 27, of Ballymagan, Buncrana pleaded guilty and was jailed for eight years with the final four suspended for causing the deaths of the eight men in the collision at Glassmullan on the R238 between Buncrana and Clonmany on July 11th 2010.

Solicitor Frank Dorrian for Mrs McGilloway said he would not allow “some allegation, some unfounded attack” to be sprung upon his client at the inquest.

He said that any attempt to “apportion liability or blame to anyone except who has pleaded guilty to the accident is is an unjust attack on a citizen”.

Mr Dorrian was responding to the assertion by solicitor Ciaran MacLochlainn that Mr Kelly had “pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death but he did not plead guilty to causing the accident”.

Coroner John Madden said he would not be dissolving the inquest. He told the jury that the coroner’s court is “not a criminal court or a court of appeal”.

He refused this morning to accept an engineer’s report submitted by Mr Kelly’s legal team yesterday, saying it would “imply guilt and we cannot do that”.

The inquest continues.

Photo: The silver Renault that was damaged close to the scene of the tragic crash.