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Wednesday 11 December 2019

MEP settles claim with car hire firm

SETTLEMENT was announced at a sitting of the Circuit Court in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, last week of a civil action taken by Fine Gael MEP and agricultural journalist Mairead McGuinness, against a car- hire company and their Wexford-based agents, arising from injuries sustained in an accident nearly two years ago. In the claim, which was listed for assessment before Judge

SETTLEMENT was announced at a sitting of the Circuit Court in Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, last week of a civil action taken by Fine Gael MEP and agricultural journalist Mairead McGuinness, against a car- hire company and their Wexford-based agents, arising from injuries sustained in an accident nearly two years ago.

In the claim, which was listed for assessment before Judge Matthew Deery at Castleblayney Circuit Court, the MEP sought damages for 'severe and debilitating injuries' against the car hire firm as a result of injuries received when she was a passenger in a car being driven by her husband, Tom.

The McGuinnness' car was involved in a collision with a hired car, owned by Hertz Rent a Car, and driven by an American tourist, Gerard Rooney, from Connecticut.

The settlement was announced by Mr. Kenneth Connolly B.L, instructed by Messrs John C. Kieran and Sons, solicitors, on behalf of the plaintiff, but no details were announced.

No appearances were entered on behalf of the defendants.

Ms. McGuinness had claimed she suffered severe injury to her neck and back as a result of the accident which happened in Monaghan on September 21, 2003.

In the civil bill, issued on May 14 last year, Ms. McGuiness said her injuries were severe and debilitating and 'interfered with her enjoyment of life and all routine and other activities'.

The action was brought against Ryan's Investments Ltd, trading as Hertz Rent-a-Car, at Ferrybank, Wexford, and MMM Ltd., trading as Bolands, in Waterford City.

Ms. McGuinness claimed in her affidavit that neck pain resulting from the accident caused restriction in her professional and personal life. She also said she suffered from pain in her lower back and encountered difficulty with regard to rotation and also experienced some problems in sleeping.

In a statement to the gardai following the accident, Ms. McGuinness' husband said the other car 'just flashed out in front' of them and there was nothing he could do to avoid it.

The MEP said that when she realised there was going to be an impact, as the other car was about to hit them, she put her hand on the dash and closed her eyes just before a bang as they were stopped.

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