High Court rules in favour of Thomastown soldier

An army sergeant from Thomastown has been awarded €76,900 by the High Court after suffering eye injuries while on UN duty in Liberia.

An army sergeant from Thomastown has been awarded €76,900 by the High Court after suffering eye injuries while on UN duty in Liberia.

The damages were awarded to Quartermaster Sgt Martin Bolger as a result of injuries sustained when a tyre on an armoured personnel vehicle exploded while he was examining it.

The court heard that the incident occurred when the 44-year-old was on UN duty in Monrovia, Liberia, in July 2006. Sgt Bolger said he suffered significant injuries to his eyes and hearing as a result, and the proceedings against the Minister for Defence and the Attorney General alleged negligence and breach of duty of care.

Issuing awarding Sgt Bolger €76,900 damages plus costs, President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns described Sgt Bolger as an “exemplary soldier.”