Shortt suing neighbour for shed injuries
A LABOUR councillor is seeking compensation from his 91-year-old neighbour after he fell through her shed roof and broke a bone in his foot.
Tom Shortt -- brother of comedian and actor Pat Shortt -- initiated legal correspondence with Josephine O'Flynn of O'Dwyer Villas, Thomondgate, Limerick, following an accident which has left him on crutches and out of work for over three months.
Ms O'Flynn said she is extremely upset about the whole affair. "I don't know what I am going to do, I am in an awful state," Ms O'Flynn said.
The incident happened on October 27 last when Mr Shortt -- whose home is alongside the elderly woman -- was clearing overgrowth from the roof of a garden shed.
Ms O'Flynn claims she warned her neighbour not to go on to the asbestos roof. It is understood that Mr Shortt disputes this and said the accident happened after he was invited on to her property to clean up the vegetation.
He broke a bone in his heel when he fell through the shed on to a concrete floor. After spending up to 10 days in hospital, Mr Shortt -- a well known art teacher in Limerick -- has been on crutches since the incident.
Mr Shortt said the incident is a "private and personal matter" and did not wish to make any further comment.