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Friday 29 August 2014

Family of man killed in DIY store wall collapse gets €750k

Aodhan O'Faolain

Published 10/07/2014 | 02:30

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Teresa Mulleady, of Creenagh, Co Longford leaving court yesterday after she was awarded €750,000 damages following her High Court action. Picture: Collins Courts
Teresa Mulleady, of Creenagh, Co Longford leaving court yesterday after she was awarded €750,000 damages following her High Court action. Picture: Collins Courts

THE family of a man who died when an internal wall in a DIY centre collapsed on him has settled a High Court damages action for €750,000.

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Sean Mulleady (48) died from his injuries after a section of a 6.5m high, 8.4m wide wall collapsed on him, and several others, at Connacht Gold Co-Op Society's shop at Athlone Road, Longford, on January 29, 2013.

Mr Mulleady, a married father of three from Creenagh, Longford, was buying gates when the wall collapsed. Another man also lost his life and others were seriously injured.

Following the incident, Mr Mulleady was rushed to hospital in Mullingar where he was later pronounced dead.

Yesterday, the court heard his death was extremely traumatic for his wife and family.

His widow, Teresa Mulleady, sued Connacht Gold co-operative, who are the tenants of the store where the tragedy occurred; the premises' owners, Vincent Ruane Builders Ltd; the builders Vincent Ruane Construction Ltd, and the project managers during construction, Simon Beale, trading as Simon Beale and Associates.

They had all denied liability.

Mrs Mulleady brought the action on both her own and her children's behalf. She alleged her husband's fatal injuries were caused by the defendants' negligence and breach of duty.

Vincent Foley SC, for the family, asked the court to approve a settlement offer of €750,000.

Counsel said the late Mr Mulleady was a hard-working man, who did not drink or smoke. He was employed as a fitter with a family business in Longford. He also had operated a small farm.

Shortly before his death, counsel said, Mr Mulleady received a promotion.

Mr Justice Paul Gilligan said he had no hesitation in approving the settlement.

After the ruling Mrs Mulleady's solicitor, Robert Anderson, said his client was as happy as somebody could with the settlement, considering her situation, and that the action had been resolved.

Irish Independent

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