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Jury considering verdict in Buncrana pier tragedy inquest

Mark and Evan McGrotty (left), their father Sean, grandmother Ruth Daniels, and her daughter Jodie Lee Daniels all died.

A jury is considering its verdict in the inquest into one of Ireland's worst marine tragedies.

Five family members died after a car plunged off a pier slipway into the water in Buncrana, Co Donegal, in March last year.

The panel is deliberating on whether to return a finding of accidental death or misadventure on 49-year-old driver Sean McGrotty. A post mortem found he was over the drink driving limit.

It is also weighing potential recommendations including a public safety campaign warning of the dangers; that manufacturer Audi publishes data on tests of vehicles flooded in water; that instructions on what to do be included in the car manual; that there be a window-breaking device sold with the vehicle; that warning signs be erected about the risk of algae on some slipways, and that gates be used.


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