Tuesday 16 October 2018

Engineer who used 'n-word' loses €60,000 injury claim

Eamon Deegan gestures as he leaves court. Photo: Courtpix
Eamon Deegan gestures as he leaves court. Photo: Courtpix

Ray Managh

A software engineer who used the "n-word" about three teenagers at Maynooth railway station obviously did not think very much of our black citizens, a judge said.

Circuit Court president Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, throwing out a €60,000 damages claim for assault by Eamon Deegan, Hillview Grove, Ballinteer, Dublin, said his remark was "as offensive a comment as you could possibly have made".

Deegan (50) had sued Irish Rail and STT Corporate Security Services Ltd, alleging that two security men knocked him to the ground, fracturing his ribs.

Garda Stephen Cush told the court that when he was called to the station on August 16, 2010, he saw Mr Deegan being restrained by two security men.

He said that on searching Mr Deegan's rucksack he had found a 25cm knife. Deegan was later convicted of having a weapon.

Deegan claimed there had been a fracas involving a number of youths and security staff had jumped on his chest.

Judge Groarke said there had been no evidence before the court of any injury.

Irish Independent

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