More than 800 motorists have now contacted an Irish solicitor’s firm representing claimants over the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

The Irish Examiner understands O’Dwyer Solicitors in Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo has been contacted by over 800 motorists and the firm expects more in the future. The firm declined to comment. The firm was granted a court order for discovery by Judge Mary Devins in Castlebar District Court in June last year, becoming the first in Europe to have a case relating to the global Volkswagen emissions scandal heard in court. The scandal arose in September 2015 when the German motor giant admitted it had fitted ‘cheat software’ to 11 million vehicles which disguised the extent of the harmful nitrogen oxide emissions produced by its cars. The latest Irish figures come as British law firm Harcus Sinclair UK said yesterday it had launched legal action in Britain against Volkswagen, seeking thousands of pounds of compensation each for British drivers affected.

Source: RTE.ie