‘I cried in pain’ – computer analyst sues he slipped on ice at Garda HQ during ‘Beast from the East’ FindSexyJobs


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A retired garda computer analyst who claims he injured his shoulder after allegedly slipping on snow and ice on a path at Garda HQ Phoenix Park has taken action in the High Court.

oleman Connolly sued his former employer, Accenture Ltd, with offices in Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin, along with the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform over the 2018 accident.

The court heard he went to work early at Garda headquarters when the “Beast from the East” hit Ireland four years ago, blanketing the country in ice and snow.

“I had to walk carefully. I took my time,” he told the court.

“There was a lot of snow and ice underfoot. I walked very, very slowly. I slipped plain and simple.

“When I landed, I extended my left arm. I took the full force of the fall on my shoulder,” he said.

He told Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds: “I stood up. I cried in pain. It was so serious.”

Under cross-examination, Mr Connolly agreed that he was wearing black slip-on dress shoes with smooth leather soles at the time.

Mr Connolly, 62, who has since retired and is from College Rise, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath, sued for injuries he suffered as a result of the fall on February 28, 2018.

It is claimed he slipped on what he claimed was packed ice and snow after walking through the main gate at Garda HQ on his way to the building where he was working.

It is alleged that there was no regard for the fact that bad weather conditions were forecast and no adequate measures were taken to ensure safe access for visitors to the site.

It is further alleged that safe access to and from the premises was not ensured and that Mr Connolly was not warned of the alleged danger.

All claims are denied.

It is alleged that there was complicity in the negligence on the part of Mr Connolly, who is alleged to have failed to keep a proper lookout and is alleged to have failed to exercise any or any reasonable care for his own safety.

Opening the case, Sara Phelan SC, instructed by barrister Anjana Hanratty, told the court Mr Connolly later had an MRI which showed he had suffered an acute tendon tear and had to undergo shoulder surgery and wear a sling for four weeks.

In his evidence, Mr Connolly said he oversaw the system update on February 27 and arrived from home the next morning to check that the update had been successfully updated.

“I felt like I really needed to get to the point,” he said.

After the fall, he reportedly dusted himself off and went to work, and a few days later saw a doctor. He said he hadn’t had a “full night’s sleep because of the pain in his shoulder” since the fall.

Gerard M Clarke SC, for the parties, told Mr Connolly that workmen had started salting the outside of the HQ site at 7am but had not reached the inside of the Garda HQ. Mr Connolly said he had not seen them.

The case continues tomorrow


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