Larkin settles salon injury case
THE woman who took a personal injury claim against Celia Larkin's beauty salon almost seven years ago said last night that she was glad the case is finally over.
Carmel Brierty alleged that she suffered from swollen eyes and a rash following a waxing and beauty treatment at 'Beauty at Blue Door', in Drumcondra, Dublin.
Ms Brierty claimed €38,000 in damages, the maximum allowed, but Bertie Ahern's former partner settled the claim for an undisclosed sum.
"My solicitor informed me (of the settlement) before the weekend," Ms Brierty told the Irish Independent. "It's gone on for maybe seven years and I'm glad it's over, but I don't want to say too much," she added.
Ms Brierty, who did not attend the Circuit Civil Court yesterday, said that she had not dealt with Ms Larkin at any stage. Ms Brierty's barrister, Bernard Rogan, told Judge Joseph Mathews in the Circuit Civil Court that the claim had been settled.
He told the court the proceedings could be adjourned until April 19 to facilitate implementation of the settlement -- details of which were not publicly disclosed.
Mr Rogan had previously told the County Registrar's Court that Ms Brierty, of Ratoath Estate, Dublin 7, was claiming in respect of an eyebrow, lip and chin wax beauty treatment administered to her on August 6, 2003, which had required the application to her face of hot or treated wax.
He said Ms Brierty's claim was that she had suffered facial burns injuries and a full defence had been entered by the salon.