A fisherman who is from Bray, County Wicklow, was awarded €60,000 in compensation for injury. He broke his ankle while trying to climb a makeshift fence trying to get access to the Dargle River in Bray Co. Wicklow.
Mr Brien (the plaintiff) of Greenpark Road, in Bray, in Co Wicklow sued Siac construction Ltd, Clondalkin, Dublin, for compensation for his injuries
He stated that the public access to the river was blocked by a makeshift plywood wooden gate nailed in place, he also claimed that the gate was inaccessible to opening and closure.
He also stated that the public were not warned about access to the river being blocked off. The case was before the court for the assessment of damages only.
Mr Brien he was night fishing with a friend when the incident occurred.
They finished at midnight and were exiting by the pedestrian exit but the exit was blocked by a makeshift gate with a sheet of plywood attached onto it. He attempted to gain access over the gate but fell and broke his ankle. He ended up spending three weeks in hospital and now can’t walk any further than two miles.
COMPENSATION FOR BROKEN ANKLE
He claimed he was unable to fish for a year after the accident. Mr Brien said he also now has arthritis.
Mr Justice Kevin Cross awarded Mr. Brien €60,000 and he said that Mr Brien had impressed him as an honest witness.