Woman who broke ankle on Tayto Park slide settles action

Woman who broke ankle on Tayto Park slide settles action

By Irish Times
Tuesday, 14th February 2017
Filed under: PersonalInjury

A Dublin woman who broke her ankle on the “Tayto Twister” slide at Tayto Park has settled her High Court action on undisclosed terms.

On the second day of the hearing of Helena McDonnell’s action on Tuesday, Mr Justice Kevin Cross was told the matter had been settled and could be struck out. No details were provided.

When the case opened on Friday, Ms McDonnell (25) said she was working as a tour guide at Tayto Park at the time of the accident in 2012 and went down the 60ft slide after her friends.

Her right ankle became trapped twice in the loops on the slide and she broke her ankle, she said.

Ms McDonnell, of Newbrook Avenue, Donaghmede, said the slide was not open to the public at the time of the accident and she and other employees were told to try it so “we could get the feel of it”.

She now has pain in her ankle daily and has had to abandon her dream of being a make-up artist as that would require a lot of standing, she said.

She also said she has to wear flat shoes. “I used to wear high heels all the time. If I wear the high heels now I would pay for it and it would be extremely painful.”

Alleged negligence

She sued Ashbourne Visitor Centre Ltd, trading as Tayto Park, Ashbourne, Co Meath; the manufacturer of the “Tayto Twister” ride, Hags Aneby AB of Sweden; and the supplier of the ride, Spraoi Linn Ltd, Kilmuckridge, Co Wexford, as a result of the accident on June 11th, 2012.

She alleged negligence in the manufacture, design, supply and installation of a slide which was allegedly dangerous. She also alleges failure to alter the slide to reduce acceleration.

The case was before the court for assessment of damages only and her counsel Michael Byrne SC said, following the accident, the ride was altered in relation to how steep it was and at the turns.

His side contended a sign warning the ride was not appropriate for anybody over 15 years of age had been removed, he added.