Judge rejects €30k offer to girl hurt in RTE creche
A JUDGE refused a €30,000 settlement offer to a child who was injured in an accident at an RTE creche, saying he feared it would not be enough.
Ciara Kelly was only three when she fell over another child and lacerated her forehead on a table in the toddlers' room of RTE Childcare in Donnybrook, Dublin 4, a court heard.
Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that Ciara was taken to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, where the cut was repaired with tissue adhesive.
Barrister Conor Kearney told the court that the wound had left a visible 1.5cm scar on Ciara's forehead.
Ciara, now nine, sued through her mother, Miriam Kelly, pictured, of Limekiln Drive, Terenure, Dublin.
She sued RTE Childcare, which is managed by Wee Care Day Nurseries, for personal injuries based on alleged negligence.
Mr Kearney told the judge that an allegation that there had been more children than usual in the creche on the day of the accident was being disputed by the creche's insurance company. He said if the parties could not agree on a settlement offer the case would go to a full hearing and liability may become an issue.
The judge said he was not enthusiastic about the €30,000 damages offer, and he feared the figure would not be enough to compensate Ciara for a permanent scar on her forehead.
He adjourned the case for a week to facilitate further talks.