Family of holiday death fall woman get €25,000
THE family of a student nurse who died after falling through a fifth floor holiday apartment window in Turkey have settled their High Court action for wrongful death.
The family of Mary Katherine Linnane (20) brought the case against the tour operators, Budget Travel Ltd (in liquidation), which admitted liability, and the Turkish owner of the building.
The family are to receive €25,000, the maximum payout allowed.
Ms Linnane was on her first holiday abroad when the accident happened in an apartment complex in Kusadasi on July 22, 2008.
Her father Martin Linnane, on behalf of the family, from Derrynameel, Barnatra, Belmullet, Co Mayo, sued Budget and Vahap Donertas, the owner and operator of "Happy Apartments".
It was claimed that Ms Linnane's death was caused by the defendants' negligence because the window from which she fell was of low height and a safety chain was broken.
Yesterday, Mr Justice John Quirke was informed that the action had been settled.