Woman hit by banner gets €36k

A banner fell off a flagpole at the National Library in Dublin and struck a passing saleswoman, the Circuit Civil Court has heard.

Tracey Curran, 49, who was awarded almost €36,000 damages for personal injuries, said she suffers from ongoing pain in her right hand since the accident.

On October 2011, she had been walking on Kildare St to her workplace at the National Museum when she was struck by the banner which hit her on her right shoulder, breast and hand.

Ms Curran, of Limewood Court, Raheny, Dublin, suffered ligament damage to her shoulder and bruising to her body. She had been prescribed painkillers and anti-inflammatory tablets and had needed to undergo physiotherapy. She said she still suffers pain in her hand while driving or working.

“Unless there’s a miracle cure, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I just go on with things as they come.”

Ms Curran sued the National Library of Ireland and Kingram Communications Group Ltd (in liquidation), with an address at Genoa House, Drummartin Road, Dublin, for negligence and breach of duty. Liability had been admitted and yesterday’s hearing was an assessment of damages only.

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