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Woman who broke ankle in pothole after drinking 10 pints settles case

Ray Managh

Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30

Pamela Duffy was at a birthday party for her husband on the night she broke her ankle
Pamela Duffy was at a birthday party for her husband on the night she broke her ankle

A 52-year-old housewife, who fell in a pothole and broke her ankle after drinking 10 pints in her local soccer club, has settled a €38,000 damages claim.

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However, the full terms of the settlement agreed were not disclosed in the Circuit Civil Court.

Barrister Conor Bowman, counsel for Pamela Duffy, said she had organised a 50th birthday party for her husband in Tel El Kebir United Football Club in Dublin and had been leaving the premises at 2am on October 2, 2011, when the incident happened.

Mr Bowman said Ms Duffy, of Shanganagh Woods, Shankill, Co Dublin, had been taken to a hospital, where she was fitted with an ankle walking boot brace.

Mr Bowman told Judge Jacqueline Linnane that the club had entered a full defence in the case and had pleaded contributory negligence on the basis that Ms Duffy had stated she had consumed 10 pints of beer.

The club claimed Ms Duffy was a member and so could not sue under the law. Both parties discussed this issue before returning to tell the court the case was settled.

Irish Independent

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