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TD is facing charges for slipping ‘at or near’ his constituency office

Fine Gael TD Alan Farrell is one of three defendants charged with negligence arising from a slip and fall “at or near” his constituency office in Malahide, Co Dublin.

TD, 46, of Biscoyne, Malahide, is facing a personal injury claim along with his landlords and co-defendants Val and Mary Keating, whose address was said to be 6 Townyard Lane, Malahide, a building in which Farrell has his home. Fingal Dublin constituency offices.

Semi-retired company director Barry McGrath, of Carrickhill Heights, Portmarnoch, County Dublin, is seeking damages of up to €60,000 against the trio, who deny liability, in proceedings in which he claims he fell down a flight of stairs after leaving Farrell’s office to leave.

McGrath, who turns 69 next Wednesday, alleges in his claim that he descended a flight of stairs after visiting Farrell’s office and claims his fall on the last few steps was caused by the negligence of one or all of the defendants in maintaining the stairs. stairs.

He claims he “landed in a heap” in an enclosed area at the bottom of the stairs and injured his left knee, which was surgically replaced in December 2014. He claims he severely twisted his fragile knee and was taken to Beaumont Hospital by ambulance. .

After treatment in hospital, his claim states that he was referred to his GP for pain management and required steroid injections as a result of a diagnosed knee sprain.

When McGrath’s case was brought before Judge Michael Walsh at the Circuit Civil Court on Thursday, barrister Louise T. Fogarty, appearing for McGrath with Neil M Blaney Solicitors, told the court that an error had been made in listing the case which was properly stated. for trial in July. Judge Walsh adjourned the hearing in the case until next month.

Neither of the defendants, who have each mounted a full defense of McGrath’s claim, nor Mr. McGrath, appeared in court on Thursday.