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OAP is awarded €60k payout for garda collision

An 83-year-old Dublin pensioner, who needs a hip replacement as a result of his car being hit by a garda vehicle, has been awarded almost €60,000 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke said he was satisfied Brendan Tierney, who had an underlying condition in his hip, led an extremely active life before the October 2013 accident.

The court was told several gardai had been chasing a car that allegedly failed to stop at a checkpoint. Brendan and his wife Christine, of Church View, St Margaret's, Co Dublin, were on their way to their daughter's and the accident happened as garda Michael O'Rourke was making a U-turn in Blessington, Co Wicklow.