€4m maternity award
A GIRL with severe brain injuries allegedly arising from the circumstances of her birth has secured €4m in settlement of her legal action against the Coombe Hospital.
The award, approved yesterday in the High Court, was made to Katie Martin (13), of Tower View, Trim, Co Meath, who showed no signs of life following her birth at the Coombe in 2000. The settlement was made without any admission of liability by the hospital, which had denied negligence or breach of duty of care.
TRAM FIRM PULLS OUT
A COMPANY bidding to operate the Luas light-rail system for six years has pulled out of the competition.
Keolis, which operates 15 tram networks including ones in the UK, France and Australia, said it was pursuing opportunities in other countries and did not have the resources to make a bid.
SIAC SURVIVAL BID
THE High Court has approved a survival scheme for seven key companies in construction giant SIAC, which employs about 200 people.
Mr Justice Peter Kelly yesterday gave the go-ahead for survival proposals which will see a €10.5m investment in the company, with about €5m going to secured banker creditors – Bank of Ireland, Bank of Scotland and KBC Bank are owed some €42m.
MUM ENJOYS LOTTO WIN
A WOMAN said she hopes to purchase her first home after winning almost a quarter of a million euro. The mother, from north Dublin, collected a cheque for €241,803 at the National Lottery offices after matching five numbers and a lucky star in the EuroMillions.
She was just one number short of winning the jackpot of €60m in the draw.