Friday 9 December 2016

Squad car accidents cost State €3m in 2009

Published 16/09/2010 | 05:00

COMPENSATION and legal costs of more than €3m were paid out last year as a result of accidents involving garda vehicles, writes Tom Brady.

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There were 280 cases arising from claims for personal injuries and material damage following the 532 accidents.

Compensation handed out ranged from €2 to €250,000.

The C&AG reported that damage and other costs to garda vehicles amounted to €655,000, while compensation totalling €213,000 was recovered.

Gardai lodged claims under the Garda Siochana Compensation Acts in 227 cases with payments amounting to €12m.

Eighteen gardai injured on duty received compensation from €31 to €132,000, to a total of €297,000, while six civilians injured in accidents on garda premises received €48,000.

In the prisons, staff injured on duty received €682,000 and the payments ranged from €31 to €73,000 in 47 separate claims.

Prisoners lodged 83 claims for injuries they received and were awarded €640,000 while 26 civilians, hurt while visiting jails, were paid €132,000.

Payments totalling €16,000 were made towards the funeral expenses of six offenders who died in prison.

Irish Independent

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