Garda Compensated for Ramming Incident

A Garda who sustained hip and leg injuries in a car accident where his colleague died, has been awarded €45,000 in compensation for his injuries.

Garda Bernard McLoughlin and colleague Garda Gary McLoughlin had their patrol car rammed by a car driven by Martin McDermott, of Raphoe, County Donegal in December 2009. Garda Gary McLoughlin died as a result of injuries he suffered in the incident. Garda Bernard McLoughlin was unable to continue with his duties and has taken a leave of absence to study in Australia.

McDermott was sentenced to eight year in prison for manslaughter in July 2011. Awarding Garda Bernard McLoughlin the compensation Ms Justice Irvine acknowledged the severe trauma Garda McLoughlin went through.