Tipperary Family Settle Court Action Over Wrong Body Sent To Tipperary Undertaker.

Actions alleging psychological injuries caused by negligence and breach of contract, by the funeral service ‘Memora Servicios Funerarios Internacionales SL’; Surrey-based repatriates ‘Rowland Brothers International Limited’, and Templemore, Co. Tipperary based ‘Grey’s Funeral Home’, have been settled in the High Court.

High Court actions had been brought by Tipperary family relatives, Ms Jackie Costello, Mr Neville Curley and Ms Elizabeth Ann Curley-Poppe, over the delivery of a French man’s remains, sent in error from Lanzarote, to Grey’s Funeral Home, Templemore, Co Tipperary.

Mr Michael Curley, aged 83 years; a widower from Templemore, had, sadly, died suddenly of a heart attack, while on holiday in Lanzarote, in February 2016 last, the court had heard.

The family have now settled their cases against the Spanish Funeral Home and a UK Repatriation Service, while their claims against the Templemore undertaker, was struck out on terms agreed between the parties, the court was informed on Wednesday last, with liability in all cases fully denied.

Mr Jeremy Maher SC, with Mr Eamon Marray BL, both acting on behalf of Grey’s Funeral Home, stated that their client, Grey’s Funeral Home, ‘had no hand, act or part’ in what went on in Lanzarote, and it was entirely reasonable for Grey’s Funeral Home to believe that the body which had arrived, sent to Ireland in error, was indeed the plaintiffs’ father, considering a label on the coffin identified this was the late Mr Curley and all accompanying paperwork confirmed same.


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