Friday 15 December 2017

Mourner's €230,000 payout to be appealed

Patsy McArdle

A HIGH Court award of €230,000 made to a woman who fell while walking to a wake is to be appealed.

Martina Marray-Twomey (44) suffered a number of fractures when she fell in to a drain when making her way to the home of a bereaved family on January 27, 2007.

She brought a High Court claim against businessman James McNally, of Annagleve, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Ms Marray-Twomey had claimed that there was negligence on behalf of the defendant in failing to have the drain adequately covered.

Ms Marray-Twomey, with an address at Oghill, Castleblayney, said that her injuries meant she was unable to "pursue her employment objectives".

Mr McNally denied he was negligent, his counsel suggesting the woman was negligent in failing to keep a proper lookout.

But last month the judge found in Ms Marray-Twomey's favour and was she awarded €230,000 plus costs

Irish Independent

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