Mother of Buncrana pier victims to sue Donegal County Council
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Mother of Buncrana pier victims to sue Donegal County Council

The victims of the crash were Mark McGrotty, 12 and Evan McGrotty, 8, Sean McGrotty, 49, Ruth Daniels, 57, and Jodie Lee Daniels, 14.

The Buncrana pier tragedy that occurred in March 2016 hit Irish and indeed, international headlines when it claimed the lives of an entire family.

Mark McGrotty's car slid off Buncrana Pier and drowned his two sons, mother-in-law, sister-in-law and himself when the incident occurred.

Earlier this week, McGrotty's partner Louise James appeared at the inquest of the case and said she was devastated:"It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I’ve listened to the evidence that has emerged during this inquest.

"There are simply no words capable of expressing my pain, my disbelief and indeed my anger over what happened on that fateful day. My heart is shattered."

“Every moment of everyday is filled with thought of my beautiful boys Mark and Evan, my mother Ruth, my sister Jodie Lee, and my partner Sean.

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She said the only thing keeping her alive was her young daughter, who miraculously survived the car when it submerged into water: "The one ray of sunshine in my life is my beautiful daughter Rioghnach-Ann who survived this horrible tragedy."

Following the incident, James has filed for a high court case against Donegal County Council according to The Daily Mail.

James said the pier was an accident waiting to happen and an area of high risk to the public, which the council should have provided more signage for.

"I firmly believe that the slipway should be closed to the general public or else proper warning signs displayed as it was an accident waiting to happen.

“Hopefully lessons will be learned and recommendations made following this inquest will be implemented."