'Very brave' garda injured by drunk is awarded €60,000
A YOUNG female garda who was described by a judge as very brave in wrestling a bottle-throwing drunk, has been awarded almost €60,000 in damages by the High Court.
Ms Justice Mary Irvine heard how Garda Martina Gallagher, now stationed in Nobber, Co Meath, and who was aged 27 at the time of the incident, was severely punched in the side as she struggled to take a glass bottle from a man who had already thrown a bottle at shoppers.
A garda compensation hearing in the High Court yesterday heard that the incident happened in June 2000.
The court was told that Gda Gallagher was now aged 38 and the hearing had been adjourned pending investigation of the effects of her injuries on her three pregnancies.
Gda Gallagher, of Culloville, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, told the court that she had been called to an incident in Grafton Street, Dublin, in June 2000 where a man had thrown a bottle at members of the public.
He had threatened her and she had attempted to take a glass bottle from him. He had hit her a blow in her left side and she had called for assistance. As she wrestled with him she could hear the siren of colleagues rushing to her assistance.
She told the court that the man had been handcuffed and taken away.
She was left with an injury that had caused her severe pain in her ribs and abdomen, with shooting pains into her leg.
Gda Gallagher said she had physiotherapy for two years and still maintained a home exercise programme.
She had particular difficulties during the pregnancies of her three children, who were all delivered by Caesarean section, and with lifting and dealing with them after their birth.
Ms Justice Irvine, awarding Gda Gallagher €59,530 damages, said that she had to take into consideration the fact that she had more difficulty in her three pregnancies than what she might normally have had.