The Irish Army deafness claims
were a series of personal injury
claims taken against the Government of Ireland
by members of the Irish Defence Forces
. The claimants had suffered loss of hearing
caused by exposure to loud noises during military operations and training. The claims stated that the government had failed to provide ear protectors during firing exercises. As of 2004
, the Minister for Defence
expected the total liability to amount to €300 million to 17,000 claimants, each claimant receiving an average of almost €18,000. Also as of 2004, 328 claims had been settled in court, with 14,681 claims being settled out of court.