Bus crash trial date to be set

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court will today set a date for a trial over the Navan bus crash which claimed the lives of five schoolgirls almost three years ago.

Dublin Circuit Criminal Court will today set a date for a trial over the Navan bus crash which claimed the lives of five schoolgirls almost three years ago.

The hearing was postponed last week after a judge revealed there were no court rooms available, prompting criticism of the Courts Service.

The schoolgirls’ families expressed dismay over the long delays in the case and lawyers for the state also argued the trial should be given priority.

The bus crashed on May 23, 2005 during a school run when the driver lost control and it overturned on the Kentstown Road out of Navan.

Keltank Ltd, Balbriggan, Co Dublin, which had a contract to service the bus, and McArdle’s Test Centre in Dundalk, Co Louth, which inspected the vehicle, face charges under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act.

The five girls who died were Lisa Callan, 15, Claire McCluskey, 18, Deirdre Scanlon, 17, from the Beauparc are of Navan, Co Meath, and Amy McCabe, 15, from Hayestown, Navan, and Sinead Ledwidge, 15, from Senchalstown, Navan.

Forty-six children were also injured in the crash.

The trial which began in Meath last March collapsed after it emerged a juror had allegedly attended the funeral of one of the five schoolgirls.

He denied being at the service.

The case was then moved to the Dublin Circuit Court but lawyers were told last week the earliest trial date was next January.

Following criticism, the Courts Service revealed the case would be back before the court tomorrow and a new date set.

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