Thursday 21 September 2017

Irish girl (3) offered €22,500 after falling on ramp at Morocco beach resort

Denise Buckley, mum of Sienna, of Tyrconnell Park, Inchicore, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts after the Circuit Civil Court approved a settlement offer of €22,500 on behalf of Sienna. Photo: Collins Courts
Denise Buckley, mum of Sienna, of Tyrconnell Park, Inchicore, Dublin, pictured leaving the Four Courts after the Circuit Civil Court approved a settlement offer of €22,500 on behalf of Sienna. Photo: Collins Courts
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Ray Managh

No member of staff at the Agadir Beach Club in Morocco bothered to help little Sienna Buckley despite her blood being spattered on the floor following an accident, a judge was told today Tuesday.

Sienna, then aged only three, was shocked and crying in pain after suffering a large gash to her chin when she fell on a defective ramp at the Moroccan resort.

“None of the hotel staff or receptionists offered to help despite the fact that there was a lot of blood on the floor,” the child’s mother Denise Buckley told the Circuit Civil court.

Sienna, now aged six, sued through her mum Sunway Travel Limited and Linevana Limited which trades as John Cassidy Travel.  She will be seven next month.

Barrister Michael Morrissey told Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, that the Buckley family were on a package holiday at the Agadir Beach Club in Morocco in July 2013 when the accident happened.

Mr Morrissey, who appeared with Cillin O’Connell of Summit Law solicitors, said Sienna had been walking up a metal ramp over steps near the reception area when she tripped and fell forward on her face.

He said Sienna, of Tyrconnell Park, Inchicore, Dublin, had put her foot in a gap between the top of the ramp and a step.  Sienna’s mum had to contact a travel representative in the hotel to have the wound cleaned.

Mr Morrissey said the child had been medically examined on the family’s return to Dublin by Dr Fionnuala Joyce at Edenpark Surgery, Edenmore Park, Raheny, Dublin. 

The laceration had been slightly inflamed and Sienna had been prescribed an antibiotic to deal with the infection.

Judge Groarke heard that Sienna had been left with a half inch long scar. Mr Morrissey said that fortunately it was under Sienna’s chin and mainly out of sight.

He said the defendants had made Sienna a settlement offer of €22,500 which he was recommending to the court.

Judge Groarke approved the offer.

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