The father of one of the victims of the Buncrana tragedy has called for a backlash against a woman who helped the family to end.
Noel McGrotty (86), the father of Sean McGrotty, said he was concerned by the public backlash directed at Stephanie Knox.
Ms Knox said she has received a number of abusive messages after reports emerged of her lodging a damages claim over the tragedy in March 20016 which claimed the lives of five members of the one family.
She said she lodged a claim because she had been suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder since the tragedy.
Sean McGrotty (48), his sons Mark (12) and Evan (8), their maternal grandmother Ruth Daniels (58) and aunt Jodie-Lee Daniels (14) died when their car slid into Lough Swilly from Buncrana pier on March 20th 2016. An inquest found they died by misadventure.
Stephanie Knox and her then partner Davitt Walsh came on the scene of the tragedy.
Mr Walsh swam out to the submerged car and rescued Sean’s baby daughter Rionaghac-Ann.
Noel McGrotty said he received notification of the claim against his son's estate last week.
He said his family does not want Ms Knox to suffer as a result of coverage of the claim.
“I do not know the wee girl but the only thing I’m afraid of now is that the public opinion might be damaging her,” he told Independent.ie.
“My family doesn’t want that. The newspapers aren’t thinking of the consequences of this...The wee girl must have suffered psychological shock and I can understand that.
“This is in the hands of our solicitors. Life has to go on, I’m that type of person.”
Ms Knox is suing for "loss of earnings and other matters". She said she knew the claim would be issued against Donegal County Council and the insurance company, but didn’t realise the estate of the deceased family would be included in proceedings.