Judge dismisses personal injuries claim by GAA supporter.

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Dismissing the case with an order for costs against the claimant, Judge Linnane said she had heard very good evidence from the Chairman of the County Board as to the care taken for the safety of spectators.  The Judge praised the “unbelievable” level of care taken by the GAA to safeguard fans when throwing out a €60,000 personal injuries claim by a man who fell after a match in a stadium.  Judge Jacqueline Linnane told the County Board Chairman, that stadium management had gone to remarkable lengths to ensure the safety of members of the public attending games.  She said the event management plan put in place for the match of more than 170 stewards, gardaí, civil defence members and groundsmen was “unbelievable” in its detail.  The Judge ordered the supporter to pay the legal costs of the GAA in defending the damages claim in which he alleged the association had been negligent in the provision, care and maintenance of steps exiting the open plan south terrace.  The Chairman told the Circuit Civil Court that if the GAA was compelled to introduce unrealistic remedies to 42,000 concrete steps in the stadium as suggested by a forensic expert it would also have to rebuild every stadium in Ireland.  Judge Linnane said that if there had been a handrail on the left hand side of the steps there was no guarantee that the Plaintiff or anyone else would avail of it. It had been open to the Plaintiff to use the handrail on the right edge of the steps.  The judge said, “People are far too litigious.”  The Judge went on to say, “There is an expectation that owners of premises have to go to extreme lengths to try and prevent falls.”