Belfast Telegraph

Payout for pupil hit by teacher's blackboard duster

GAA footballer Paul Galvin and the board of management at the school where he previously taught in the Republic of Ireland have paid out €8,000 to a pupil who sued after being struck by a blackboard duster.

The All Star and former Kerry captain is alleged to have thrown the duster which connected with Nathan Adams' head during the classroom incident in 2010.

Nathan, of Knockeendubh, Killarney, was 15 at the time of the incident at St Brendan's College in the Kerry town.

He sued through his father Gerry Adams, who lodged a claim for personal injuries in the Circuit Civil Court. The matter was settled on a sum being offered and paid into court.

The matter was listed for "payment out" at the County Registrar's list of Civil Motions in Tralee yesterday, as Nathan has now turned 18.

It was listed as "Nathan Adams (a minor) suing by his father and next friend Gerry Adams v Paul Galvin and the Board of Management of St Brendan's College Killarney".

The claim was for damages and personal injury, loss, damage and inconvenience and expenses caused by negligence, and "breach of duty including statutory duty of the defendants".

Court documents state that on January 25, 2010 Nathan Adams was lawfully present in the class room "when he was struck by a blackboard duster".

The teenager was "shocked and distressed" and taken to a GP. He sustained a laceration to his scalp and was bleeding. He was left with a scar to his head, and he suffered pain, upset and inconvenience. He also suffered distress, psychological upset and his social, domestic and recreational life was affected, according to the claim.

At the Circuit Civil Court in May 2011, Judge Terence O'Sullivan approved the offer. A settlement of €8,000 general damages together with costs was ordered.

Yesterday's proceedings were to approve the paying out of the money now that the plaintiff had turned 18.

Mr Galvin no longer teaches at the school.

Nathan Adams' family last night said they did not wish to comment further on the case. Mr Galvin could not be reached for comment.

Source Irish Independent

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