Monday 20 November 2017

Director Jordan settles claim over fall in front of bus

Film director Neil Jordan
Film director Neil Jordan

Film director Neil Jordan has settled his High Court action over a fall in front of a bus in Dublin city centre.

Dublin Bus and one of its drivers had both denied liability over the incident, which involved no contact between the vehicle and Mr Jordan.

No details of the settlement, which was reached after day-long talks between the sides, were disclosed.

Mr Jordan (67), of Dalkey, Co Dublin, sued over the incident on Dawson Street on April 19, 2013.


The director, who had undergone cruciate ligament surgery the previous week and was using a walking stick, was waiting at a pedestrian crossing at the top of the street.

He said the pedestrian light was showing green, so he walked across the road.

As he approached the other side, he claims that suddenly and without warning he was caused to fall to the ground when a bus came around the corner and drove at him in an "aggressive manner" before it "suddenly stopped".

While trying to get out of the way, he said he fell.

Mr Jordan claimed he suffered personal injuries, loss, damage, inconvenience and expense due to alleged neglience and breach of duty on the part of the defendants.

His case was due to be heard in the High Court yesterday.

After several hours of talks between the sides, a settlement was reached and Ronnie Robbins, for Mr Jordan, secured various orders from the court registrar Margaret Mulligan, including costs.

Mr Jordan was in court throughout the day while the talks continued between lawyers.


A native of Sligo, Mr Jordan won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for The Crying Game in 1993. His film Michael Collins was re-released on March 18 last year for its 20th anniversary.

In previous interviews he claimed he experienced serious difficulty landing work for some time after the bus accident.

"I couldn't move out of my house for about a year and for another two years I was kind of incapable - my movement was very restricted so I had to stop making films," he said.

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