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 INJURED: Gda Aoife Donohue was hurt when a stolen car rammed into the patrol car she was travelling in

INJURED: Gda Aoife Donohue was hurt when a stolen car rammed into the patrol car she was travelling in

INJURED: Gda Aoife Donohue was hurt when a stolen car rammed into the patrol car she was travelling in

A GARDA'S county and inter-provincial camogie career was ended following a head injury in a car ramming incident, the High Court has heard.

Gda Aoife Donohue (27) of Waterford Garda Station, had been unable to return to representative sport because of her injury, barrister Conor Keogh told the court.

Ms Justice Mary Irvine said Gda Donohue had suffered the equivalent of a two-year soft tissue injury and awarded her €25,000 damages for personal injury and €2,793 to cover special financial outlay.

RAMMED

Gda Donohue, in a Garda Compensation Claim before the High Court, said that in June 2009, she had been an observer in an unmarked patrol car, when an attempt had been made to recover a stolen car.

The driver of the stolen car had slowed down, but then rammed the garda car from behind. Gda Donohue had struck her head against the pillar of the garda car.

Judge Irvine said the stolen car was being driven in a dangerous fashion.

She said that instead of stopping when overtaken, it had rammed the back of the garda vehicle.

She said Garda Donohue had been off work with pain in her neck and shoulders for two weeks but, regrettably, on her return to duty her symptoms had become worse and she had developed headaches.

Gda Donohue had played camogie for her county, Laois, and also at inter-provincial level for Leinster, but had been unable to return and had "lost out" in not being to play at representative level.

Judge Irvine said it was significant that Gda Donohue had not been referred for any orthopaedic review. An MRI scan had been entirely normal and had there been anything significant she would have been referred for orthopaedic review.

She had been prescribed pain killers and anti-inflammatory tablets and had undergone 15 sessions of physiotherapy.

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