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Taximan, insurance firm to pay damages

A TAXI driver and an insurance company have been directed by a judge to pay damages for the manner in which they defended a personal injuries claim.

Acting Circuit Court President Mr Justice Matthew Deery said that taxi driver Gary Reilly and Axa Insurance had made an allegation of collusion between the plaintiff, James O'Sullivan, and another defendant in the case.

Judge Deery said the allegation had not been pursued at the hearing and he directed that Reilly, of Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot, Dublin, and Axa Insurance, pay O'Sullivan aggravated damages of €3,000 on top of an award of €7,750 for personal injury.

The awards were made jointly and severally against Axa and Reilly, whose current address on the Civil Bill was also stated to be care of The Governor, Mountjoy Prison, Dublin.

O'Sullivan, of The Manor, Yew Tree Square, Clane, Co Kildare, had sued Reilly and Axa for injuries arising out of a rear-ending accident involving Reilly's taxi, on September 27, 2008, at Eirhouse, Co Dublin.

Barrister Barney Quirke told the court that allegations of collusion had been made in an affidavit sworn on behalf of Reilly and Axa.