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Leg break girl (9) wins €76,000 in damages

A NINE-year-old schoolgirl whose left leg was broken when a gate in Summerhill, Dublin, collapsed on her has been awarded €76,000 damages against Dublin City Council.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, considering last week that a previous settlement offer of €61,000 would not be sufficient to compensate Sophie Gannon, had adjourned the case to allow further talks between the parties.


The court heard that in November 2011 Sophie had been playing with friends near the entrance gate to her home at North Clarence Street Flats, Summerhill, when the accident happened.

The court had heard that Sophie had climbed on the heavy metal gate, which suddenly came off its hinges and fell on her.

X-rays revealed a fracture of her left femur, which had to be operated on under general anaesthesia.

She also suffered a deep cut injury to her thigh

Last night her father, Colin McHugh, said he was "delighted" with the result of the case.

"She deserves it - she's been through enough. She did suffer. She had three or four different surgeries."