Sunday 22 October 2017

Family settles case with Munster rugby star over alleged assault in hotel room

Tim Healy

A FAMILY who claimed a Munster rugby player forced his way into a hotel room where they were staying have settled their High Court action.

The settlement was made without admission of liability.

Thomas McGlynn and his wife Janet, of Navan Road, Dublin 7, claimed Danny Barnes (23), who is part of the Munster senior squad, assaulted them when they were staying at a hotel on August 17, 2008.

The couple and their son Karl sued Mr Barnes, of Ardfert, Co Kerry, his employers Munster Rugby and Whites Hotel, Wexford, for alleged negligence and assault.

Mr Barnes, the hotel and Munster Rugby had denied all the allegations.

Yesterday, Mr Justice Sean Ryan was informed by Mel Christle for the McGlynns that all the cases were resolved and the actions could be struck out.

No details of the settlements were revealed in open court.

Thomas McGlynn had told the court that on the date in question he, his wife and their two children were asleep in their bedroom at White's Hotel.

Around 2am, he heard someone knocking on the room door. When his wife went to open the door he said the then 18-year-old Mr Barnes tried to force his way into the room.

Mr McGlynn said that after entering the room Mr Barnes started swinging at him. He hit Barnes with a "defensive punch".

He said that he believed that Barnes was drunk "out of his head". He also said that he was "disappointed" gardai did not prosecute Mr Barnes.

Mr Barnes denied assaulting anyone or that he had entered the family's room. He said he just went to the wrong room on the wrong floor.

The McGlynns also alleged that Munster Rugby was negligent on grounds including that they failed to supervise him. They further claimed the hotel allowed Mr Barnes to forcefully gain entry to their room.

Irish Independent

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