The first of several High Court actions over substandard audiology services for children in the west of Ireland has been settled. 

The court approved a €450,000 settlement in the case of a 13-year-old boy who has a lifelong impairment because of inadequate treatment for hearing loss. 

Callan Molloy, from Ballinderreen, Kilcolgan, Co Galway, did not have his hearing loss properly treated for the first eight years of his life.

The Health Service Executive has previously apologised to more than 100 families for failings in audiology services after a review of a service provided by one audiologist from 2011 to 2015.

 The issue was uncovered by an RTÉ Investigates report in 2018.

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