Minor accident scene was like aftermath of ISIS attack

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash A DOZEN firemen, three fire tenders and two ambulances at a minor car accident on a county road sounded like an “emergency responses to an ISIS attack”, a judge has stated.Judge James O’Donohue was reacting to the evidence of Limerick Fire and Rescue Sub-station officer John Denning who outlined the standard operating response of emergency services to accidents involving injuries.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up He said that although they couldn’t find any damage to either vehicle, they still had to cut two people from a car to follow procedures.Mr Denning was testifying in a case involving five claimants on a Liberty Insurance policy held by Edward O’Donoghue of Gort, Co Galway, the driver of one of the cars involved in a crash on March 30, 2014 between Clarina and Patrickswell.One of the five claimants, Daniel O’Donovan of Crowe Street, Gort, was a passenger in Mr O’Donoghue’s car and the other four were Michael and Sarah Jane Quilligan of Altamira Court, Thomondgate; Connie Mullane of Temple Grove, Newcastle West and Nicola Hartigan of Belfield Crescent, Farranshone.Connie Mullane said that he was out checking horses with his friend and fellow horse dealer Michael Quilligan whose daughter Sarah Jane was driving. Her friend Nicola Hartigan was also in the car and she was four months pregnant at the time.All four said they were hit from behind by a car driven by Edward O’Donoghue.Ms Hartigan, who had two previous insurance claims, said that she couldn’t get out of the car because of an injury to her neck. She was taken to hospital and given the all clear the following day.Sarah Jane Quilligan said that she had three previous claims. After her car was “driven across the road by the bang from behind”, it hit a wall and she was removed from the scene on a spinal backboard.When Judge O’Donohue asked Ms Quilligan if she had made “quite a career of these identical injuries at just 22 years of age”, she replied that she was “quite frightened, hurt and couldn’t get out of the car.Connie Mullane said that it was his first time in a car accident, but he had been hit by a vehicle in 2014 as he walked across the road carrying a Christmas tree.Michael Quilligan said he went to his doctor a few days afterwards but at the time he was more concerned for his daughter.Daniel O’Donnovan, who was a front seat passenger in Edward O’Donoghue’s car, said that they were also horse dealers and were in the area to meet trainers.Emmett O’Brien BL for Liberty Insurance said that he was instructed by solicitors Holmes O’Malley Sexton that the people in both cars knew each other. He questioned them about links on Facebook but this was denied by all five claimants. Judge James O’Donohoe said that he found all claimants to be respectable, decent people and that an air of suspicion had been created by counsel for the insurers.“You are hinting at something untoward. You can’t have a halfway house on matters of fraud. It’s whole duck or no dinner,” he told Mr O’Brien.“Because of the atmosphere at the moment with so many exaggerated claims of setups, the courts have to be very careful with claims,” he added.Daniel O’Donovan was awarded €20,000 damages; Sarah Jane Quilligan received €7,500; Connie Mullane got €5,000; Michael Quilligan was awarded €6,000 and Nicola Hartigan received €15,000.See more Limerick news here Print Email Facebook TAGScircuit courtJudge James O’DonohueLiberty Insurancelimerick Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” center_img Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsCrime & CourtLimerickMinor accident scene was like aftermath of ISIS attackBy Staff Reporter – December 6, 2017 8072 Previous articleUniversity of Limerick student centre moves a step closerNext articleMasterchefs Hospitality Limerick named a Catering Manager of the Year Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live last_img read more

Pursuing a path of diversity, inclusivity

first_imgMeredith Rosenthal, professor of Health Economics and Policy, is marking one year as Harvard School of Public Health’s associate dean for Diversity. Here, she discusses goals and challenges in creating a more diverse, more inclusive School—and why it’s so important.HSPH: What’s going right at Harvard School of Public Health in terms of diversity and inclusion? And what needs improvement?ROSENTHAL: We have a diverse and dynamic community at all levels, with countless grassroots and student-led initiatives that encourage dialogue about and celebration of differences. There are also important programmatic efforts in individual departments and laboratories. For instance, we have several pipeline programs to help prepare potential future applicants from underrepresented minority groups. There are summer programs that have been in place in biostatistics and biological sciences and epidemiology for many years. We are beginning to draw from these models to strengthen our ability schoolwide to attract and retain students from underrepresented groups.HSPH: How is the School doing with regard to increasing the number of women and minority faculty?ROSENTHAL: Over the last decade, we’ve increased our numbers of junior women faculty significantly; about 40 percent of our assistant and associate professors are women. The numbers in the senior faculty are, not surprisingly, lower — about 23 percent of full professors are women. The senior faculty numbers haven’t increased as much in part because of the low turnover of full professors and the long tenure track. Read Full Storylast_img read more