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Garda and former Tipperary hurler receives €1.16m damages for back injury

Aidan Flanagan playing for Tipperary in the 1997 National Hurling League

THE south's finance minister has agreed to pay a garda and former Tipperary hurling captain €1.16 million for injuries suffered after being kicked in the back while making an arrest.

Garda Aidan Flanagan (44) had earlier been awarded by Mr Justice Bernard Barton compensation of €175,000 general damages and €45,000 for loss of opportunity.

The judge had adjourned ruling a final outcome pending a review of negotiations between counsel for the minister and Garda Flanagan.

Counsel for the minister told the judge yesterday a consent order for €1.16m could be made in Garda Flanagan's favour.

Garda Flanagan, of Midleton, Co Cork, had suffered the injury when he was aged 30 while arresting a youth following a store burglary.

The youth had consumed a bottle of vodka and a quantity of tablets shortly before his arrest.

While entering the back seat of a car to restrain the handcuffed teenager, the youth directed a kick to the small of Garda Flanagan's back, the court heard.

Garda Flanagan, who had captained the Tipperary senior county side in the National Hurling League in 1997, made a claim for general damages and recurring pecuniary losses.

Judge Barton said that over the years there had been such a serious deterioration in Garda Flanagan's physical and mental capacity due to ongoing chronic pain, that he had felt he could no longer serve as a garda and had applied unsuccessfully to be retired on health grounds.

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