A recommendation by the Personal Injuries Board that a 13-year-old schoolgirl be paid €3,500 for an injury she sustained in a traffic collision was increased by 400 per cent after her legal team refused to accept the offer.
The Taoiseach, a qualified doctor, side-stepped an opportunity to give advice yesterday on how best to use a swing while a Fine Gael TD’s personal injuries claim for falling off a hotel swing is before the courts.
The State has paid out almost €9m in compensation and legal fees to staff and prisoners due to assaults and "slopping out" practices - including €100,000 to two families whose relatives died from "self-inflicted" wounds.
A man with advanced liver disease as a result of contracting Hepatitis C from a contaminated blood transfusion administered to him when a young child is to get compensation of more than €1.26 million as a result of a High Court ruling.
A powerful Dáil committee has effectively said it does not believe long-standing church promises to hand over hundreds of millions of euro in abuse compensation to the State, saying "I'll believe it when I see it" to claims all funds will be transferred by Christmas.
More than 200 motorists contacted Cork County Council about the costs incurred from hitting pot- holes in one area of Co Cork, and there are fears that more damage could be inflicted on vehicles because roads are not being properly repaired after watermain leaks.