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€75k for boy who caught finger in RTE chair


Mum Natasha Houlihan

Mum Natasha Houlihan

Mum Natasha Houlihan

A schoolboy who caught his finger in a metal chair while attending a concert at RTE two years ago has settled his High Court action for €75,000.

Thomas Houlihan, now 10, later had to have a partial amputation of his left index finger, the court heard.

His counsel Jeremy Maher told the court he is missing a part of the top of that finger but he is right-handed and has made a very good recovery.

Thomas, of Glenshane Crescent, Brookfield, Tallaght, Dublin, through his mother Natasha Houlihan, sued RTE and the board of management of St Aidan's National School, Jobstown, Tallaght, over the accident on December 9, 2016.


The boy had attended RTE in Donnybrook with his school at the time.

An ambulance was called and the boy was brought to hospital but later had to be transferred to another hospital, where he was seen by a specialist. It was claimed the boy was in significant pain and that allegedly a first-aid box could not be found.

It was claimed there was an alleged failure to ensure the seating area at the concert was safe for use by the boy and there was an alleged failure to take any reasonable steps or precautions for the safety of the boy.

The claims were denied.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross approved the settlement.