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Scheme will protect rural landowners from walker compensation claims

Concern sparked by Wicklow case last year in which hiker awarded €40,000 after knee injury

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
30th September, 2018
Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring

Minister for Rural Affairs Michael Ring is setting up a new scheme to protect rural landowners against compensation claims from walkers.

It comes after a case last year in which a walker was originally awarded €40,000 for tripping and injuring her knee on the Wicklow Way, before it was later overturned on appeal.

Ring said he was working on a new bill which would indemnify landowners against any legal claims from walkers.

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