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'I might serve womankind if I could stop people wearing those shoes' - Judge highlights dangers of high heels


Mr Justice Michael Hanna

Mr Justice Michael Hanna

Mr Justice Michael Hanna

A HIGH Court judge has said he might be “serving womankind” if he could stop people wearing high heels.

Mr Justice Michael Hanna was speaking during a case in which a mother-of-five sued Dublin City Council after breaking her ankle in a fall. She claimed it was caused by a piece of broken pavement outside a nightclub. The council denied liability.

Alison Boylan (35), a housewife from Saggart Lakes, Saggart, Co Dublin, had been wearing high heels she bought the day of her accident. These were shown to the judge.

“I think I might serve womankind if I could stop people wearing those shoes – but that is not my function,” he said.


The judge was later told the case had been settled and could be struck out.

Judge Hanna congratulated the parties on reaching agreement, saying: “You have relieved me from having to make a major fashion statement.”

Ms Boylan said she had been out on May 17, 2009 with her husband and had just come out of Buck Whaley’s Piano Bar on Leeson Street, Dublin, when she tripped and fell. She said when she looked around a piece of the kerb was missing.

The city council said she was intoxicated to such an extent that she was unable to exercise proper control of herself.

Ms Boylan said she had only had three drinks that evening and they had left the Piano Bar to go home because it became crowded.

She went home thinking it was just a sprain, but by the morning she was in “un-

believable” pain and had to go to hospital where she was put in a cast. She still has some pain from the injury, she said.