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€625k award for accident

A BOY has secured €625,000 compensation over an accident in which he lost part of his right leg when he slipped and fell under a ride-on lawnmower owned by a local authority.

The proceedings were taken by Paul Merriman (17) of Arden View, Tullamore, Offaly, suing through his mother Joan, against Tullamore Urban District Council and the driver of the lawnmower who was employed by the council at the time of the accident.

Paul was just six when the accident occurred near his home on May 31, 1999.

After the accident he was taken to Tullamore Hospital and transferred to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. He was taken to theatre where a below-knee amputation was performed.

Vandal given 'last chance'

A teenage vandal who caused €2,500 worth of damage while "showing off," has been remanded on continuing bail pending sentence.

The 15-year-old boy, whose drink-fuelled crimes "tested the patience" of the Dublin Children's Court, has been given a last chance to prove himself by staying out of trouble, co-operating with his probation and going to school daily to avoid a custodial sentence.

He has pleaded guilty to criminal damage to a window at James Joyce Street, in Dublin city centre, on August 24.

Correction on Gate Theatre

In correction to yesterday's article, the Herald wishes to confirm that Michael Colgan is the Director of the Gate Theatre and not Alan Stanford as stated.

Mr Stanford is currently the director of Jane Eyre at the Gate Theatre.