The highest award for a birth injury case was approved by the High Court today.

After accepting liability for negligence during the delivery of a boy from Birr, Co Offaly, the HSE settled its case with his mother for 30 million euro.

Oran Molloy suffered catastrophic injuries due to a lack of oxygen during an emergency C-section birth at Portiuncula Hospital in Galway on NYE 2006.

His mother, Deirdre, then eight months pregnant, was admitted the day before.

Oran was unresponsive when he was born and he was later diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Now 14, he can't walk or stand unaided.

He needs crutches and a wheelchair to get around.

The € 30m settlement approved today brings an end to what the family's solicitor described afterwards as a "14-year battle."

Gillian O'Connor, from Michael Boylan Litigation Law Firm, also criticised the State for taking so long to "admit fault and liability" for what happened.

She said liability was only accepted a few weeks before the case was due to be heard.

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