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Inquest resumes into Inishowen crash tragedy

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THE inquest into the deaths of eight men who died in Ireland’s worst ever road tragedy will resume again this morning in Buncrana.

Yesterday the inquest heard from Pathologist, Dr Gerry O’Dowd who in his evidence said Letterkenny Hospital had never experienced a day like the day of the crash and stated: “I hope we never have a day like it again”.

The mother of victim James McEleney said there was a discrepancy in relation to deposition evidence of how her son got into the car on the night of the crash and she wanted the full story.

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Stephen Byrne, for the Garda Commissioner, said families had a legitimate concern that they had not been told who would be called as a witness and he suggested the inquest be adjourned to allow them access to draft depositions which it is proposed to include in proceedings.

The coroner agreed to allow families read draft depositions overnight before resuming evidence today (Thursday). 

Seven people in the vehicle driven by Shaun Kelly were killed, 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. Pensioner Hugh Friel from Urris, Clonmany was also killed in the crash.

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