Monthly Archives: June 2017

Action against council following death of 22 year-old woman settled

Ms Gallagher was driving on the N59 Newport to Mulranny Road when her car veered on to the wrong side in to the path of a cement truck. An inquest jury, in 2011, returned a verdict that her death was accidental. Desmond O’Neill SC, for the family, told the court the matter had been settled and a statement was to be read out on behalf of the defendants. The statement, read by Aonghus O’Brolchain SC, said: "All loss of life on Mayo roads is a source of regret and Mayo Co Council regrets the death of Ashling Gallagher on December 22, 2004, and does so without admission of liability". Mr Justice Kevin Cross, who noted there were no dependents in the case, agreed to Mr O’Neill’s request to strike...
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Jim Carrey abandons legal bid to force late girlfriend’s mum to pay him $372,000

Carrey's girlfriend, Irish make-up artist Cathriona White, took her own life in September 2015 with a cocktail of prescription drugs, aged 30. A year later her mother Brigid Sweetman launched legal proceedings against the 55-year old actor, claiming the Canadian star was responsible for her death as he provided White with the pills she overdosed on and allegedly gave her sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The Dumb and Dumber actor launched a counterclaim, alleging the lawsuit was a shakedown and demanding the court order Sweetman to pay the $372,000 bond to continue on with her legal battle. However, on Tuesday (27Jun17) it was confirmed to British newspaper The Daily Telegraph by Carrey's lawyer, Ray Boucher, that Carrey had abandoned the attempt to get money from Sweetman,...
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Singer wins further €1.5m for catastrophic injury

This brings to €5.1m the total settlement in the case of Elaine Lennon. Mr Justice Peter Kelly noted Elaine Lennon, now 42, was a talented opera singer who was pursuing a masters in psychology when she suffered the injuries. A CT scan after her symptoms persisted indicated an abscess on her brain had burst. She is also one of many catastrophically injured plaintiffs adversely affected by the continuing delay over years to enact laws allowing for lifelong payments in such cases and this was her fourth time to have to come to court to have her future care needs assessed, he said. This latest payment of €1.5m is intended to cover her care for the next five years by which time he hoped the legislation would have...
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Business partnership involving Gay Byrne settles case

A business partnership involving broadcaster Gay Byrne has settled its Commercial Court dispute against a financial fund over loan repayments in relation to an investment property worth an estimated €13.5m in central Dublin. The Firstwood Partnership had brought proceedings against the Launceston Property Finance concerning a property containing a block of offices, retail units and car park at St Andrew’s Lane in Dublin 2. The fund in 2014 acquired a loan which the Partnership had taken out in 2000 with Anglo Irish Bank to acquire the property. The loan is due to expire in 2020. The court had previously heard the property had been valued at €13.55m in 2014 with approximately €6.7m outstanding on the loan. Read more at source: BreakingNews.ie...
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Botched sterilisation leads to claim from surprised mum

A woman who had a child after a botched sterilisation operation is appealing for weekly ACC compensation for the years she was unable to work while caring for him.The unnamed mother had the operation in 1998. She already had three children by different fathers, and a history of difficult relationships, terminated pregnancies and miscarriages. In 2006, when in her early 40s, she began putting on weight and, fearing she might have a tumour, went to a doctor. She was shocked to discover she was 34 weeks pregnant. Source: Stuff.co.nz...
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The causes of most machinery accidents on the road

According to CEMA (European Agricultural Machinery Industry), a recent European study has found that more than four fifths (83%) of accidents that happen on public roads involving agricultural machinery can be attributed to just five major factors. The findings are the result of an analysis of accident data from Switzerland over a six-year period (2011-2016). The analysis was done by the Swiss Advisory Centre for Accident Prevention in Agriculture, studying 276 agricultural accidents in the given time-frame. In order of importance, the five significant causes of on-road accidents with farm machines are: roll-over of the machine (24% of recorded on-road agri machinery accidents); behaviour of other road-users (20%); operator visibility (15%); machine maintenance (13%); and driver behaviour (11%). Source: Agriland...
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Richard Hammond involved in serious car accident

Former Top Gear host Richard Hammond has been airlifted to hospital following a serious car crash in a Swiss mountain race.
Swiss media has reported that the 47 year old suffered serious injuries when the car crashed on a road that was closed for the Bergrennen Hemberg race. He was reportedly driving a supercar worth £2million his TV show when he lost control before it flipped and then burst into flames. The presenter, who cheated death in a car crash in 2006 while travelling at 288mph, is now being treated in hospital. Source: TV3 Xposé...
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Padraig Harrington feared for his career after freak practice accident

It was not even his own practice. The FedEx St Jude Classic in Memphis will have to make do without the three-time Major winner after he was hit on the elbow by an amateur player he was coaching. It sounds like this amateur needs a lot more practice. However it is no laughing matter, really, as the Dubliner admitted he feared his career was over following the injury. Instead he will miss 12 days as he allows the six stitches to heal. Source: SportsJOE.ie...
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Westminster attack survivor launches compensation claim

A survivor of the Westminster terror attack is launching a compensation claim over the injuries he suffered at the hands of Khalid Masood. Portuguese Francisco Lopes, 26, says he was left with limited use of his left hand after being thrown over the bonnet of the killer's Hyundai vehicle. He also suffered cuts to his legs and as well as the physical effects he also claims he has mental scars, including panic attacks and agoraphobia, and has been off work since. Masood's vehicle was hired from rental firm Enterprise and Lopes is seeking to make a claim against the company's insurer, Zurich, for the cost of counselling and rehabilitation treatment. Lopes, who works in a shop at nearby St Thomas' Hospital, said: "I try to be like I...
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Soldier awarded €80k for injuries sustained when parachute failed to open

A soldier whose parachute failed to open properly on his first training jump, has been awarded €80,000 in damages for injuries sustained because of the Army’s negligence. The soldier suffered a severe fracture dislocation of his ankle, and could no longer serve as a front-line soldier due to this injury. Mr Justice Bernard Barton found that the Minister for Defence owed the soldier a duty of care, and that although the soldier had accepted the inherent risks involved in military training; this could not displace his entitlement to appropriate equipment, information, instructions, and training. Full story: Irish Legal News...
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