Monthly Archives: July 2018

‘She was our little princess’: Inquest hears how child, 5, died of crush injuries due to defective gate

A heavy wooden sliding gate was mechanically defective when it fell and crushed a five-year-old girl outside her home, an inquest has heard. Sienna Joyce died just weeks before her sixth birthday after the gate de-railed from its sliders and fell, trapping the child underneath. “She was my life, the air that I breathed. We are devastated to have lost her but nothing will bring her back". “She was our little princess. She was such a girly girl, she loved to dress up, she loved her long curly hair," the child’s father David Joyce Junior said, speaking after the inquest. He went on: "She was a little character, she could light up a room and everyone loved her.” Little Sienna was playing outside her home at The Ward, Ashbourne, Co Meath on June 27, 2016...
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Hospital apologise following death of grandmother who came to A&E with stomach pain

The HSE and the Regional Hospital in Mullingar have apologised for the failings in the care of a grandmother who died at the hospital three days after turning up at A&E with abdominal pain. Grandmother of eight Angela Farrell it was claimed was suffering from a complication of a previous partial gastrectomy and it it was claimed there was an alleged failure to performa CT scan which could have shown this. The letter of apology from the hospital general manager Shona Schneemann was read out in the High Court as Mrs Farrell's husband Noel settled his action over the care given to his wife who died in the hospital six years ago. It read: " On behalf of the HSE and the Regional Hospital, Mullingar we would like to express an unreserved apology...
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Man awarded damages following wife’s suicide after being discharged from UHG

The High Court has awarded €263,000 in damages to the husband of a woman who took her own life after being discharged from UHG for taking an overdose of pills.

Angelo Cloonan sued the HSE and Dr. Kishan Browne for negligence, claiming that they had not properly assessed his wife Josephine’s suicide risk when they discharged her. Mrs. Cloonan had been admitted to University Hospital Galway on April 17, 2011 where she admitted to taking an overdose of prescribed medication. She was seen by Dr. Browne, a psychiatrist who was working as a registrar at UHG at the time, and was discharged on April 18. Her body was found in her home in Ballinfoyle the next day. According to the Irish Times, Mr. Justice Michael Hanna said that Josephine “was not afforded a proper standard...
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Elderly woman needs to benefit urgently from estranged husband’s estate

A solicitor can go ahead with administering the estate of a deceased man for the benefit of his estranged wife, who is aged in her nineties and has dementia, the Court of Appeal has ruled. While the husband left just €1,000 in his will to his estranged wife - a ward of court - she is nonetheless legally entitled to one-third of his estate, Mr Justice Michael Peart noted. Given the woman's age and condition, it is obvious the task of her obtaining her legal right share during her lifetime "is of the utmost and pressing urgency", she has been without it for eight years now "and time is running out". On behalf of the three-judge court, he dismissed an appeal by the woman's son against a High Court order appointing a solicitor...
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Ritz Issues Recall Due To Salmonella

It seems salmonella contamination of food products is on the move in 2018. Ritz Cracker Products has issued a recall of Ritz Crackers and Ritz Bits, including Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits Cheese. The products contain whey powder, which could contain salmonella, in the United States, the United States Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The company is instructing consumers to throw out their boxes of these products. The salmonella microorganism causes the worst damage in the elderly, very young, and those who are frail or with compromised immune systems. The sicknesses caused can especially make such populations dangerously sick, but in anyone can cause stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Tallaght Solicitors are specialists in Personal Injury Claims, so if you have been...
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Conor McGregor to make second court appearance in New York

Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor is due back in court in New York today on charges of assault and criminal mischief. At his last court appearance in June, prosecutors said plea negotiations were under way. Mr McGregor is currently free on bail of $50,000 after being charged with assault and criminal mischief. He is accused of throwing a metal handcart at a bus carrying UFC fighters at an event in Brooklyn in April. Prosecutors say it resulted in two men on board the bus suffering injuries. He is also accused of punching a security guard. Tallaght Solicitors specialise in Personal Injury Claims, so if you have received a Personal Injury, please visit our Personal Injury Claims page. Source: RTE...
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Man who burned down his own business walks free from court

A man who burned down his own business for the insurance payout has walked free from court, despite putting firefighters at risk. David Healy could have faced a life sentence for arson and attempted deception but walked away with a 10-year suspended sentence on the condition he pays €33,000 to the State. The judge said his ‘elaborate web of deceit’ had put the lives of the fire service at risk. ‘The recklessness element of this means that it is most fortunate nobody was injured in the course of the fire and that no emergency services personnel were injured,’ Judge Gerard O’Brien said. He imposed total sentences of 10 years imprisonment, but suspend them once Healy paid €33,000 to the State by August 16. Cork Circuit Criminal Court heard it would have taken one to...
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Katie Price forced to sell mansion to cover cost of third divorce

Katie Price has been forced to sell mansion in West Sussex to pay off debts ahead of her upcoming divorce to estranged husband of five years, Kieran Hayler. Kieran cheated on the former glamour model on more than one occasion which led to the breakdown of the relationship.
Her former nanny, Nikki Brown, is also allegedly suing her which is adding to her financial woes. The Daily Star heard from a source close to the 40-year-old, “Katie’s having to sell her home to recover money. It’s as simple as that.” “I don’t know how much change she’ll see from the sale of the property as there’s charges on it, plus tax owed.” The property is now worth £2 million but she had bought it for £1.35 million in 2015 and it costs the star £10,000...
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EU fines Google €4.34 billion over Android system

The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU competition rules in relation to its Android mobile devices. In a landmark case the Commission has accused Google of imposing illegal restrictions on makers of Android devices and mobile network operators in order to cement its dominant global position in internet search engines. The company has 90 days to end the practice or face payments up to 5% of the average daily worldwide turnover of Alphabet, Google's parent company. Today more than half the world's internet searches are done on smartphones or tablets. The European Commission is accusing Google of imposing restrictions on manufacturers of Android mobile phones so that most of that traffic goes to the Google search engine. This is done by requiring makers of Android devices to pre-install both the Google...
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Cliff Richard wins privacy case against the BBC

Singer Cliff Richard has won his High Court privacy case against the BBC over its coverage of a police raid on his home. He has been awarded £210,000 in damages, but a judge ruled that he is entitled to further sums to be decided at a later date. The judge said the BBC had infringed Mr Richard's privacy rights in a "serious" and "sensationalist" way. The 77-year-old singer took legal action against BBC bosses over broadcasts of a South Yorkshire Police raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014, following a child sex assault allegation. During the hearing Mr Richard told the judge that coverage, which involved the use of a helicopter, was a "very serious invasion" of his privacy. The BBC disputed his claims and senior editors said the coverage was accurate and in good faith. Mr Justice...
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