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City Council Pays Compensation for Public Footpath Fall

December 5, 2011

Nathan Clarke of Ballymun, County Dublin,  won a case in the High Court that means  Dublin City Council pays compensation for public football fall to the order of €40,000 over alleged failure to clean broken glass from a public foothpath outside his home.

The accident happened in 2001 when Nathan Clarke was seven years old and resulted in extensive injuries to his left hand that needed surgery in Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

The public footpath fall action was taken by Nathan’s father Joseph Clarke, who acted as next friend in the High Court case.

It was claimed in court that Dublin City Council had failed to carry out its statutory duty to keep the foot path clean and that the council was guilty of nuisance by allowing broken glass to accumulate on the footpath in an area used by children to play.