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Family of man killed when wall in DIY centre fell on him settle case for €750k

Tim Healy

Published 09/07/2014 | 18:10

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Connacht Gold DIY & Garden Centre, Longford, 29.1.13
 Picture by Willie Farrell
Connacht Gold DIY & Garden Centre, Longford, 29.1.13 Picture by Willie Farrell

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

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Sean Mulleady (48) died from injuries he received when 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 children from Creenagh, Longford, was buying gates when wall collapsed.  Another man also lost his life and several others were seriously injured.

Following the accident, he was brought to hospital in Mullingar where he later pronounced dead.

The court heard his death was extremely traumatic for his wife and family.

His widow, Teresa Mulleady, sued Connacht Gold cooperative, 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 the defendants' negligence and breach of duty.

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

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

Counsel said the late Mr Mulleady was an 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 in her situation could with the settlement and that the action had been resolved.

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