I’m social media dinosaur, admits judge in fall case

A High Court judge has said he knows nothing about Twitter or Facebook or how they work or operate.
I’m social media dinosaur, admits judge in fall case

Mr Justice Bernard Barton referred to himself as “a dinosaur” when it came to social media, adding he did not have Facebook, Twitter, or email accounts.

The judge made his remarks as he, this week, heard a personal injuries case in which a 22-year-old man has claimed his aspiring football career was cut short after he fell on a Dublin footpath.

Ryan Byrne was a semi-professional footballer with Dublin’s St Patrick’s Athletics reserves when he tripped and fell on a tarmac area hurting his ankle, leg, and back in 2014.

Mr Byrne, of St Teresa’s Road, Crumlin, has sued Bord Gáis Networks as a result of the fall on February 4, 2014, claiming his foot got caught in a pothole or a depression in tarmac where reinstatement works had previously taken place on Sun Drive Road, Crumlin .

Mr Byrne, under cross-examination, has denied he was the author of a Twitter account Ryanbyrne94 which included posts about training in dates after the accident, including two days after his fall. He said somebody could have used his Instragam photos and written posts. He told the court the first he knew of the Twitter account was when it was brought up in court.

Mr Justice Barton has given Bord Gáis until next Tuesday to decide whether it requires a court order in relation to Mr Byrne’s iPhone.

In the meantime, Mr Byrne gave an undertaking to the court not to delete any apps or clear any history or caches in relation to his social media on his phone.

Mr Byrne told Mr Justice Barton he was in agony after the fall , and while he tried to get back to playing football, he could not sustain it and cannot play the same level of football now due to back pain.

Mr Byrne has claimed there was an alleged failure to reinstate the footpath adequately or at all following the carrying out of works.

He has claimed he sustained debilitating injuries which had an adverse effect on his sense of wellbeing, enjoyment of life, and football training.

At the time of the accident, he was attending an FAI course and had to abandon it, it is claimed, due to the injuries sustained which he believes may have had an adverse effect on his football-ing career. The claims are denied.

The case will come back before the court next Tuesday.

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