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Friday 19 September 2014

RTE Creche case settled for €55k

Saurya Cherfi and Ray Managh

Published 11/03/2014 | 12:22

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A judge, who last week rejected a €30,000 settlement offer for a scar injury to a nine-year-old schoolgirl’s face, has today accepted an increased offer of €55,000.

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Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke said he was happy the new offer would be sufficient to compensate Ciara Kelly for a red scar left on her forehead following an injury in an RTÉ crèche.

Barrister Conor Kearney told the Circuit Civil Court today that following talks between the parties, a previous offer of €30,000 had been increased by €25,000.

He said that in 2008 Ciara had fallen over another child and cut her forehead on a table in the toddlers’ room of the RTÉ Childcare in Donnybrook, Dublin, in 2008.

Through her mother Miriam Kelly, of Limekiln Drive, Terenure, Dublin, Ciara sued RTÉ Childcare, which is managed by Wee Care Day Nurseries, for personal injuries based on alleged negligence.

The court heard previously that Ciara was taken to the Emergency Department of Our Lady’s Childre’s Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin, where the laceration was repaired with tissue adhesive.

The wound had left a permanent one and a half centimetre scar on the top right hand side of Ciara’s forehead.

Mr Kearney told Judge Groarke that the crèche claimed the supervision on that day had been done in compliance with the guidelines. 

Counsel recommended the new €55,000 settlement offer which was approved by Judge Groarke.

Last week Judge Groarke said he was not enthusiastic about the €30,000 offer and adjourned the case until today to facilitate further negotiations between the parties.

Irish Independent

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