Thursday 26 April 2018

Mrs Brown's Boys star appeals €30K damages awarded to motorbike courier after roundabout collision

Fiona O Carroll pictured leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday after a Circuit Civil Court action. Pic: Collins Courts
Fiona O Carroll pictured leaving the Four Courts on Tuesday after a Circuit Civil Court action. Pic: Collins Courts

Ray Managh

Fiona O’Carroll, daughter of Mrs Brown’s Boys star Brendan O’Carroll, has appealed a €30,000 damages award she was directed to pay to a motorbike courier her jeep collided with on a roundabout.

Judge Francis Comerford in the Circuit Civil Court decided earlier this month that neither of the versions of the accident he had heard from O’Carroll and courier Patrick Harrison about what had happened were completely true.

He said he did not think Ms O’Carroll had lied to the court but had given a true account of what she recalled had happened. 

He favoured the view that Ms O’Carroll’s Santa Fe jeep had struck the rear side of Mr Harrison’s moped, knocking him off in what was a significant impact.

Fiona O'Carroll on Mrs Brown's Boys
Fiona O'Carroll on Mrs Brown's Boys

O’Carroll, of Hollystown Demense, Hollystown, Dublin 15, who has played a role in a number of her father’s world-famous shows, told her barrister Shane English she was on the roundabout when Harrison’s speeding moped cut across in front of her after grazing the side of her jeep.

Harrison, of The Cottages, Killeen Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin, claimed he was on a major roundabout at Snugborough Road, Dublin, in November 2015 when O’Carroll’s jeep had driven into the back of his bike. 

He said he had ongoing symptoms with his right knee which had been injured in the collision.

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Judge Comerford said Mr Harrison was already on the roundabout and would have had right of way prior to Ms O’Carroll joining the multi-road junction. 

He could not see how the accident could have happened in accordance with either version presented to the court but he was not saying either Mr Harrison or Ms O’Carroll had lied.

Patrick Harrison, of The Cottages, Killeen Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts today. Pic: Collins Courts
Patrick Harrison, of The Cottages, Killeen Road, Ballyfermot, Dublin pictured leaving the Four Courts today. Pic: Collins Courts

He told John Ferry, counsel for Harrison, that confusion of the facts was very often caused by such high stress incidents. 

He awarded Harrison €28,000 damages for personal injuries and €2,000 special damages against O’Carroll and directed she pay the legal costs of the hearing.

Mr English, at the Circuit Court hearing on October 3 last, was granted a stay on Judge Comerford’s order to facilitate consideration of an appeal, papers in which were lodged in the High Court today by Ms O’Carroll’s solicitors Hayes McGrath.

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