Damages of €53,000 awarded after minor Limerick collision

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Damages totalling more than €50,000 have been awarded to the occupants of two cars which were involved in a minor collision

Damages totalling more than €50,000 have been awarded to the occupants of two cars which were involved in a minor collision in Limerick

DAMAGES totalling more than €50,000 have been awarded to the occupants of two cars which were involved in a minor collision on a Limerick road between Clarina and Patrickswell more than three years ago.

While emergency services including gardai, paramedics and three units of Limerick Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene, minimal damage was caused to the vehicles.

While a number of people were cut out of one of the cars, none of them sustained serious injury.

A passenger in the car, which was rear-ended, told Limerick Circuit Court he was out looking at horses in fields while the driver of the second car is also involved in the horse dealing business.

As a result of the collision on March 30, 2014, legal proceedings were initiated against the driver of the second car, Edward O’Donoghue from Gort and his insurers.

Finding in favour of the plantiffs,  Judge James O’Donohoe commented that Emmet O’Brien BL had created a suspicion of fraud by suggesting there was a connection between some of the parties on social media.

However, he said he was satisfied – based on the evidence – there was merit to the plaintiffs’ action.

“You are hinting at something untoward. You can’t have a halfway house on matters of fraud. It’s whole duck or no dinner,” he told Mr O’Brien who was instructed by Tomas McDonagh of Holmes O’Malley Sexton solicitors.

Judge O’Donohoe who commented during the hearing that he believed the response of the emergency services was excessive said all the plaintiffs were respectable and credible witnesses.

The driver of the car which was rear-ended –  Sarah Jane Quilligan, of Altamira Terrace, Thomondgate –  was awarded €7,500.  Her passengers –  Connie Mullane of Temple Grove, Newcastle West received €5,000; Michael Quilligan, of Altamira Crescent, Thomondgate, was awarded €6,000; Nicola Hartigan, of Belfield Crescent, Farranshone, was awarded €15,000.

Daniel O’Donovan, of Crowe Street, Gort –  a front seat passenger in Edward O’Donoghue’s vehicle  –  was awarded €20,000.