€190k award over car crash - Mother who lost two kids awarded High Court payout

THE mother of two children who died following a car crash in Dundalk has been awarded almost e190,000 in a High Court Civil action.

THE mother of two children who died following a car crash in Dundalk has been awarded almost e190,000 in a High Court Civil action.

Four-year-old Jenna Casey-Murden and her two-year-old brother, Jayden, died after they were involved in a tragic car crash at Maxwell Row.

The vehicle in which the two children were travelling went out of control and hit a wall on January 31, 2009.

Jenna and Jayden sustained serious injuries and were treated in Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Sadly, the children passed away a number of weeks later after losing their fight for life.

Miss Justice Mary Laffoy approved an offer in a claim on behalf of the family dependents brought by their mother, Denise Murden.

Ms Murden from Castleross, Castletown Road, Dundalk was awarded e105,436.76 in the case of Jayden and e83,116.76 in the case of Jenna.

Vincent Foley SC stated that the bulk of the sum was in respect of special damages for hospital bills.

Mr Foley requested that the entire amount be paid out to the childrens' mother, with the exception of a small sum to go to two other children.

In October last, Ms Murden presented a cheque for over e5,000 to Temple Street Children's Hospital after staging a fundraiser.

Along with family, friends and neighbours, Ms Murden organised a fun day at Noel Gorman Park in memory of Jenna and Jayden.

The fun day was a jam-packed event featuring bouncy castles, an obstacle course, party bags, face painters, a burger stand, stalls, refreshments and a raffle.

Hospital representatives told Ms Murden that the cheque for e5,000 would be put in the Jenna and Jayden Fund, and would most likely be used to buy a machine.

Ms Murden had initially aimed to raise e3,000, but exceeded her target and ended up raising over e5,000. She hopes to host a similar event next year.