A High Court test case, involving a patient who alleged he was sexually assaulted by Dr Michael Shine at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, Co Louth, has been settled today for a six-figure sum.
Ronan MacConnoran of Ardee Road, Dunleer, Co Louth, sued the 80-year-old former orthopaedic surgeon, the North Eastern Health Board and a representative of the hospital.
In 1993, the then-16-year-old Ronan MacConnoran was referred to Dr Shine at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital having complained to his GP of neck pain.
He alleged that Dr Shine sexually assaulted him while conducting a physical examination.
A jury was sworn in to hear an action for damages, but the case failed to get underway when Dr Shine, now aged 80, was hospitalised on Tuesday night with stroke-like symptoms.
However, the jury was told today that the case had settled.
Speaking outside the High Court, Ronan MacConnoran's solicitor David Colemen said this was a test case for many similar actions.
"We're happy with the terms of the settlement, and we hope that it will assist in settling all of these cases in the future," he said.
He would not give the exact terms of the settlement, but said it involved a strong six-figure sum.