A SEVEN-year-old boy crunched his teeth into a metal screw buried in a piece of black pudding, a court has been told.
Jennifer Murphy, counsel for Daniel Hendricken, said the boy was having breakfast with his parents during a holiday break down the country in August 2010.
Ms Murphy said Daniel, now aged nine, of Foxdene Green, Lucan, Co Dublin, loosened some of his teeth on the left side of his mouth when he chewed on the screw.
He had been given initial first aid and was taken to his local dental clinic on his return home before being referred to the Dublin Dental Hospital for specialist treatment.
Daniel's mum, Denise Hendricken, had identified and sued the pudding manufacturer, Loughnane's of Galway, whose gold-award winning sausages are mixed at the company's plant on Tuam Road, Galway.
Ms Murphy told Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Matthew Deery, that Sean Loughnane (Galway) Limited had offered Daniel compensation of €8,500, which she was recommending to the court.
She said his chewing on the screw had loosened some of Daniel's teeth in their sockets but he had made a good recovery following a course of dental treatment at the dental hospital.
Judge Deery approved the settlement, which will be paid into court until Daniel is 18.