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Inishowen families face 10K crash report bill 14.03.16

FAMILIES of the eight Inishowen men who died in the State's worst car crash face bills of over 10,000 for Garda reports they requested at the recent inquest into the tragedy.
The accident at Glasmullen, between Buncrana and Clonmany, in July 2010 resulted in the deaths of Hugh Friel, 66, Urris, Clonmany and friends Eamon McDaid, 22, Ballymagan, Buncrana; Mark McLaughlin, 21, Ballinahone, Fahan; Paul Doherty, 19, Ardagh, Ballyliffin; Ciaran Sweeney, 19, Ballyliffin; PJ McLaughlin, 21, Rockstown, Burnfoot; James McEleney, 23, Meenaduff, Clonmany; and Damien McLaughlin, 21, Umricam, Buncrana.
Shaun Kelly (27) of Ballymagan, Buncrana, is serving a four-year sentence for dangerous driving causing the deaths.
The bereaved families asked for copies of Garda documents including hundreds of witness statements and photographs, at last month's inquest.
However, the 'Irish Times' reports today that they could each be charged more than 10,000 to receive the requested copies.
The 'Irish Times' states that in 2014, relatives of road accident victims were charged 778,000 for Garda crash reports - an increase of almost 70,000 on the previous year.
Public Against Road Carnage (PARC) has been lobbying for the abolition of these fees since 2009.
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