Widow of man killed on city worksite settles claim for half million euro

Galway Bay fm newsroom – The widow of a man killed on a work site in Galway City has settled her damages action against her husband’s former employer for half a million euro.

Declan Byrne died while working on a new gym at the Galway Sportsground in April 2008.

Declan Byrne was employed by city-based firm CDM Steel LTD at the time of his death on April 30th, 2008.

His widow Dolores Byrne took a case against the company, now in liquidation, and also sued the Connacht branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union and the IRFU itself.

It was alleged that Mr Byrne’s death was caused as a result of negligence by the defendants, who denied the claims.

The accident occurred when Mr Byrne was trying to realign a steel girder that formed part of the roof, which fell and struck him on the head, killing him instantly.

A settlement of 500 thousand euro was approved by Mr Justice Kevin Cross at the High Court following lengthy talks between lawyers for both sides.

According to the Irish Times, Judge Cross said while the settlement was a very good one, nothing could replace what the family had lost.