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Despite multiple attempts, the court has upheld its decision to award a Ryanair employee €94,000 in compensation


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The Court of Appeal has rejected appeals against a €94,000 damages award to a Ryanair cabin supervisor who had slipped on greasy de-icing fluid brought in by passengers. Ryanair DAC had argued that the judge, Mr Justice Alexander Owens, had made constant interjections during the proceedings, which it claimed had prejudiced the case.

Fiona Nangle (41), of Latt Hills, Cavan, had sued the airline following an accident on board a Dublin-Warsaw flight on February 11th 2018. She claimed that she had suffered a spiral fracture to her right humerus, needed surgery, and was incapacitated for some time, requiring assistance with everyday tasks such as looking after her children. Ryanair denied the allegation, counter-arguing that she had tripped.

In his judgement last year, Mr Justice Owens found against the airline and awarded Ms Nangle €70,000 in general damages and €24,000 in special damages. Ryanair appealed on liability and quantum of damages, disputing the judge’s interjections and evidence about DAA cleaning operations. It also argued there was no evidence that de-icing fluid was on the plane, and that the plaintiff had not been reminded of the hazard.

In her cross-appeal, Ms Nangle asserted that the quantum of general damages was inadequate. She also claimed that the defendant was obligated to take further steps to address the hazard, and not just issue a warning.

The Court of Appeal, comprising Mr Justice Seamus Noonan, Mr Justice Robert Haughton, and Mr Justice Senan Allen, dismissed all appeals and upheld the High Court’s findings. Mr Justice Noonan said that the Court could not see any errors made by the trial judge, and that Ryanair had been unable to demonstrate any prejudice arising from the judge’s interventions. He added that the judge had reflected carefully on the evidence before giving his judgement.

On the issue of quantum, the judge said that nothing had been advanced by either side in the appeal to suggest that the High Court had erred in awarding Ms Nangle the sum of €70,000 in general damages. The Court of Appeal then dismissed the appeals and awarded Ms Nangle her legal costs of Ryanair’s appeal. No order was made as to costs in the cross-appeal.

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