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Friday 15 December 2017

€25k compo for boy who broke arm at Tayto Park

Brian Bolger sued on behalf of his son Conor (13)
Brian Bolger sued on behalf of his son Conor (13)

A boy who broke an arm when he fell while climbing a tower at Tayto Park in Co Meath has settled his High Court action for €25,000.

Conor Bolger had to have surgery and pins inserted near his elbow after the accident five years ago.

Conor (now 13), of Briarfield Road, Kilbarrack, Dublin, had - through his father Brian Bolger - sued Ashbourne Visitor Centre Ltd, trading as Tayto Park, as a result of the incident on March 25, 2012.

Overcrowded

It was claimed he was playing in the playground, which was the central attraction in the visitor centre.

He fell from one of the high towers which, it was alleged, was overcrowded.

It was claimed the ground below was insufficiently covered with wood chips.

His elbow was in a cast for four weeks.

It was further claimed there was an alleged failure to have in place a proper system of inspection and replenishment of and raking of wood chips in the playground to Plimsoll level.

The claims were denied.

David McGrath, for the boy, said he suffered a serious injury and has been left with a scar, but has made a good recovery.

The family, he said, were happy with the settlement.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross, who inspected the scar on the boy's elbow, said it was not too upsetting and he noted Conor liked to play basketball, which required some dexterity.

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