Killarney company pleads guilty to safety breaches after employee paralysed in fall

A Killarney company has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches following the serious injury of an employee in a fall.

Jeremiah Moynihan of Kilcummin is now wheelchair-bound as a result of the incident, which happened while he was working for John Galvin Developments Limited of Killarney at a house in the town three years ago.

Tralee Circuit Criminal Court heard that on the 13th of August 2014 at 12 Ross Road, Killarney, employee Jeremiah Moynihan fell eight feet from the first floor of the building; he was working for John Galvin Developments Limited of Killarney.

Mr Moynihan, who’s from Kilcummin and is married with a grown-up family, is now a paraplegic.

The company is charged with four counts of breaching safety, health, and welfare at work regulations; solicitor Padraig O’Connell entered four guilty pleas on behalf of the company, as limited companies can’t enter pleas.

Mr Galvin was in court; he’s been fully co-operative.

There was a civil case into the incident; there was full indemnity and the case is now settled.

The court was told Mr Moynihan had worked for company owner John Galvin for many years, and they were, and still are great friends.

Judge Tom O’Donnell agreed to legal aid covering the services of an accountant; the court heard the company isn’t trading successfully.

The judge adjourned the case until the 2nd of October in order to fix a date for sentencing, if the necessary financial documents are available.