A soldier whose parachute failed to open properly on his first training jump, has been awarded €80,000 in damages for injuries sustained because of the Army’s negligence. The soldier suffered a severe fracture dislocation of his ankle, and could no longer serve as a front-line soldier due to this injury.

Mr Justice Bernard Barton found that the Minister for Defence owed the soldier a duty of care, and that although the soldier had accepted the inherent risks involved in military training; this could not displace his entitlement to appropriate equipment, information, instructions, and training.

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