Tuesday 23 January 2018

Girl (15) wins €5k in Luas ticket row

A 15-year-old schoolgirl, who was restrained from boarding the Luas despite having a ticket, has been awarded €5,000 damages for slander and assault.

Barrister Fiona Pekaar told the Circuit Civil Court that Shauna Dowdall had bought a ticket to the city centre at the Fatima stop near her home in St Theresa's Gardens, Dublin.

She had travelled on the Luas to the Museum stop where she had got off, midway in her journey, to meet a friend.

As they had attempted to board the tram she had been pushed back on to the platform on the basis she did not have a valid ticket.

Ms Pekaar told Mr Justice Matthew Deery, that Shauna, who was now 17, had felt embarrassment and distress for some time after the 2008 incident at what had happened. She said Shauna had a valid ticket and it had been her intention to continue into town with her friend.

She had stepped off the tram at the Museum to meet her friend but had been prevented from boarding the tram again.

Ms Pekaar, who appeared with Sean Costello and Co, solicitors, said that unfortunately Shauna had not retained her ticket and the evidence would be confined to that of herself and her friend. She said the defendants who operate the Luas, Veolia Transport Ireland Ltd, had offered €5,000 damages to Shauna and she was recommending that the court approve of the offer.

Judge Deery approved the settlement and directed the money be paid into court until Shauna's 18th birthday in July next year.


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