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Ahern's €38k fall damages case closed

FORMER Taoiseach Bertie Ahern inset has settled a personal injury claim taken against him by a woman who tripped and fell at his constituency office in Dublin.

The €38,000 claim was settled for an undisclosed sum.

The civil action against Mr Ahern was struck out by a judge this morning at Dublin Circuit Civil Court who ordered that the legal costs be taxed in default of agreement

Marie Therese O'Loughlin, of Eagle Lodge Apartments, Leinster Road West, Dublin 6, brought the case against the former Fianna Fail leader after she fell and suffered injuries at St Luke's in Drumcondra while Mr Ahern (inset) was Taoiseach.

Today's claim was for loss, damage, inconvenience and expense arising from an incident at Mr Ahern's office at St Luke's, Drumcondra on December 19, 2007.

The plaintiff had claimed that while traversing a hallway, she tripped and fell, sustaining multiple injuries. It is understood she fell over a statue which was in a hallway in the office.

Mr Ahern, who was Taoiseach from 1997 to 2008, was not in court for this morning's brief hearing.

His barrister, Lisa Kelly, made an application to Judge Alan Mahon for the case to be struck out. The application to strike out the case was by consent of both Mr Ahern and Ms O'Loughlin. Judge Mahon acceded to the request.