Child gets €10,000 after seeing helicopter crash
A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl received €10,000 damages for nervous shock after witnessing a helicopter crash and explode in a car park.
Emma Reddan was aged two and a passenger in her mother's car when the helicopter came down in the car park of the Neptune Hotel, Bettystown, Co Meath, in September 2008.
The Sikorsky S76 was piloted by Bill Curry, of The Crescent, Riverside Manor, Kilcullen, Co Kildare, when a rotor blade struck a lamp post.
Marina Reddan's car, with her daughter Emma inside, was passing the scene at the time and the girl suffered nervous shock as a result of the explosion.
Emma, through her mother Marina, sued Curry and GP Helicopter Services Ltd, of Woodstown Dale, Knocklyon, Dublin, and Barrack Construction Limited, Thomastown, Caragh, Naas, Co Kildare.
Judge Matthew Deery approved the €10,000 settlement from insurers on the part of the defendants in the Circuit Civil Court.