FIVE sisters from a family-of-nine who were involved in a car accident were yesterday awarded damages for personal injuries totalling €37,500 in the Circuit Civil Court.
Barrister Tony McKeown told the court that Ciara (15), Chloe (11), Katelyn (7), Ella (6), and three-year-old Robin Croly had been travelling in the seven-seater family car on February 11 last year when it was rear-ended by a taxi.
Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke heard that the children, who all live at Myra Manor, Malahide Road, Co Dublin, had been wearing seatbelts.
Mr McKeown said they had suffered whiplash injuries which had resolved within a few months.
The five sisters, through their mother Hilda Croly, sued taxi driver Kieran Dowling who contested the case. Dowling, of Brabazon Green, Bettystown, Co Dublin, claimed the Croly's Mercedes Viano had stopped suddenly on the road and he had "glanced off" their car.
He denied the Viano bumper had been hanging off or that he had been speeding.
Judge Groarke, awarding each sister €7,500, said he was satisfied they had suffered injuries, although minor, in the collision near Clarehall Shopping Centre, Malahide Road, Dublin.
The court was told a sixth sister, Jessica (18) had also been injured in the accident but that her case would be dealt with separately.