Thursday 19 October 2017

Woman who broke ankle on ride at Tayto Park settles High Court action for damages

Helena McDonnell was working at Tayto Park at the time of the incident Photo: Collins
Helena McDonnell was working at Tayto Park at the time of the incident Photo: Collins
Tayto Park (stock photo)

Tim Healy

A woman who broke her ankle on a ride at Tayto Park in Co Meath has settled her High Court action for damages.

Helena McDonnell (25) was working as a tour guide at the time of the accident five  years ago, and went down the 60 foot "Tayto Twister" slide with her friends.

Ms McDonnell, Newbrook Avenue, Donaghmede, Dublin, claimed her right ankle became trapped twice in the loops on the slide and she broke her ankle.

She sued Ashbourne Visitor Centre Ltd trading as Tayto Park , Ashbourne, over the accident on June 11, 2012.

She also sued the manufacturer of the ride, Hags Aneby AB of Sweden, and the suppliers of the ride, Spraoi Linn Ltd of Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford as a result fo the accident on June 11, 2012.

She claimed  the defendants were negligent in that they  manufactured, designed, supplied and installed a slide which was allegedly dangerous.

The case had been before the court for assessment of damages only.

Following talks on Tuesday, Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told the case had settled and could be struck out.

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