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Couple settle 'lift' case

A husband and wife who were injured when a lift in a Kerry hotel plummeted three floors to the basement have settled their High Court actions.
Former garda sergeant and mother of two Patricia O’Leary had already told the High Court she felt her leg breaking on impact and she had to be cut from the lift wreckage in the accident 10 years ago. 
She described the descent of the lift at the Killarney Plaza Hotel as “a very violent drop to the floor". The former garda sergeant is one of five from the same extended family including her husband Andrew Meehan, also a garda sergeant, who have sued over the accident as they tried to return to their rooms in the Killarney Plaza Hotel after a wedding ceremony on July 9, 2011.
Ms O’Leary had to retire from An Garda Síochána on medical grounds, five years after the accident, aged 37.
In the third day of her action on Thursday, Mr Justice Michael Hanna was told Ms O’Leary’s case had been settled and the court could move on to hear Andrew Meehan’s case. 
However, after talks between the sides, Mr Justice Hanna was told Mr Meehan’s case had also settled.
The terms of the settlements are confidential.
The High Court will now begin to hear the next case of the three remaining cases on the list in relation to the accident at the Kerry hotel 10 years ago.
 
 

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