€260,000 for woman after footpath fall
A 62-YEAR-OLD seamstress has been awarded €260,000 after she injured her wrists when she tripped on an uneven footpath.
Olive Loughrey, Station Road, Shankill, Dublin, sued Dun Laoghaire Co Council over the fall outside the council's town hall in Dun Laoghaire on July 9, 2002.
In her action, Ms Loughrey claimed she fell because of a defectively laid pavement slab.
The grandmother, who was described by a High Court judge as an honest and decent lady, was awarded €125,000 for general damages plus €135,000 for past and future loss of earnings after the court heard she had been unable to return to work since the accident.
The judge accepted the council had fought the case as a matter of principle.