Shaun Kelly admits causing death of eight people in Donegal crash

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Image caption Eight people died in the crash near Clonmany in County Donegal in July 2010

A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight people in a road crash in County Donegal.

Shaun Kelly, of Hill Road in Buncrana, had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The crash at Meenaduff, between Buncrana and Clonmany in July 2010 was Ireland's worst ever road accident.

Hugh Friel, 66 and seven men, aged between 19 and 23, were killed in the crash.

Seven of the victims were travelling in the same car.

They were 21-year-old Mark McLaughlin, from Fahan; Paul Doherty and Ciaran Sweeney who were 19 and from Ballyliffin; Patrick McLaughlin, 21, from Burnfoot; 22-year-old Eamonn McDaid and 21-year-old Damien McLaughlin, both from Buncrana, and James McEleney, 23, from Clonmany.

Mr Kelly was driving a black Volkswagen Passat with seven passengers when it collided with the car driven by Mr Friel.

Mr Kelly, who was the only survivor of the crash, sustained serious injuries.

He changed his plea as the jury was being sworn in at Letterkenny Circuit Court.

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