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€30k offer to girl hurt in creche is rejected


 MOTHER: Miriam Kelly

MOTHER: Miriam Kelly

MOTHER: Miriam Kelly

A judge has refused a €30,000 settlement offer to a nine-year-old schoolgirl who was injured in an accident at an RTE creche.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke said he feared the figure would not be enough to compensate Ciara Kelly for a scar on her forehead.

Barrister Conor Kearney told the judge that Ciara was aged three in 2008 when she fell and cut her forehead in the toddlers' room of the RTE Childcare in Donnybrook, Dublin.


The judge heard Ciara was taken to the emergency department of Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin where the cut was repaired with tissue adhesive.

Mr Kearney told the Circuit Civil Court that the wound had left a visible one-and-a-half centimetre scar on the top right-hand side of Ciara's forehead.

Through her mother, Miriam Kelly, of Limekiln Drive, Terenure, Dublin, Ciara sued RTE Childcare, which is managed by Wee Care Day Nurseries, for personal injuries based on alleged negligence.

Mr Kearney said an allegation that there had been more children than usual in the creche on the day of the accident was being disputed by its insurance company.

He said that if the parties could not agree, the case would go to full hearing and liability may become an issue.

Judge Groarke said he was not enthusiastic about the €30,000 damages offer and adjourned the case for a week to facilitate further talks.