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Woman loses case against redress board

The Supreme Court has refused an application by a former resident of Goldenbridge industrial school for leave to challenge a decision by the Residential Institutions Redress Board not to award her redress for rapes inflicted on her by her step-grandfather. She spent weekends at his home while she was a school resident.

The woman had received some €76,000 redress for physical abuse she suffered at the school but was refused redress for physical and psychological injuries suffered as a result of the rapes during weekends at her grandmother's home.

The woman was at the school between February 1960 and December 1967.

Challenge by director dismissed

The High Court has dismissed an application by a director of former stock exchange-listed company, Countyglen, aimed at stopping proceedings to have him restricted and disqualified as a company director.

Countyglen's liquidator, John McStay, had applied for orders under section 150 and section 160 of the Companies Act to impose limits on Ambrose Kelly from acting as a director of a limited company. Similar proceedings brought against Countyglen's chairman, Niall Duggan, were discontinued following his death in June 2004.

Mr Kelly, a Dublin architect, had challenged the current proceedings on the basis that there had been an inexcusable delay in making the application.

Mr Justice Roderick Murphy ruled that delays had resulted from difficulties in contacting Mr Duggan and his subsequent death which had been unknown to both parties.

Man given leave to attend funeral

A man who is in custody awaiting sentencing for a serious drug offence has been granted compassionate bail by Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to attend the funeral of his cousin who was murdered earlier this month.

Paul Barnwell (21), Clondalkin, was given permission by Judge Katherine Delahunt to leave Cloverhill Prison to attend the removal of Amanda Jenkins in Ringsend last night and funeral Mass today.

A man has been charged with Ms Jenkins's murder.

€285,000 damages for patient

A man who became severely ill after undergoing what he was informed would be a simple one-day medical procedure has been awarded €285,000 damages by the High Court.

Martin Mullins, Glanmire, Co Cork, who lost five stone after developing pancreatitis, had sued consultant gastroenterologist Dr William Stack, The Cork Clinic, Western Road, Cork, arising out of his treatment at the Bon Secours Hospital, Cork, in September 1999.

Dr Stack performed an X-ray of the bile ducts, aided by a video endoscope, on Mr Mullins.

Mr Justice Vivian Lavan found that the defendant had not properly disclosed to him the risks involved.

Man hit by bus held 70% liable

The High Court has ruled that a man who was seriously injured after being hit by a bus, which he waved down while in the middle of the road, was 70 per cent responsible for the accident.

David Flood received head injuries at Blanchardstown Road South, Co Dublin, in June 1995. Carmel Flood, Seville Place, Dublin, took the action on behalf of her son against Dublin Bus.