Defamation law



Man sues banks over failure to forward maintenance payments to ex for 12 years

A man claims he was defamed by two financial institutions over their alleged lengthy failure to forward maintenance payments in respect of his son to his former partner.

Published 22 January 2020

High Court: Man awarded €500 in defamation claim against Luas operators

A man who was ordered to get off the Luas despite having a valid ticket has been awarded €500 in the High Court.

Published 16 December 2019

Man awarded €500 over 'fleeting' defamation on Luas

A man has been awarded €500 in damages and legal costs over a "fleeting" incident of defamation on a Luas.

Published 13 December 2019

Scotland: New bill to set out statutory definition of a defamatory statement

The definition of what constitutes a defamatory statement is to be set out in Scots law for the first time under draft legislation published today.

Published 3 December 2019

Removal of juries and limit on damages needed to reform defamation cases, conference hears

The removal of juries, limitation of damages and more certainty in defamation cases have been raised as proposals to reform the Defamation Act 2009.

Published 15 November 2019

High Court: Coolmore Stud granted order striking out frivolous and vexatious defamation claim

Coolmore Stud has been granted an order striking out a defamation claim brought by a former employee who wrote a book about the famous thoroughbred farm after he retired in 2015.

Published 10 October 2019

Palestinian politician to continue Irish defamation action against Facebook

Lawyers for Palestinian politician Mohammed Dahlan have said he will continue his defamation action against Facebook in the High Court in Dublin.

Published 10 September 2019

KRW Law launches defamation proceedings on behalf of Gemma O'Doherty

Belfast firm KRW Law is representing controversial former journalist Gemma O'Doherty in a defamation action against Village Magazine and its editor, the magazine has said.

Published 29 August 2019

Lawyers for Jim Mansfield jnr issue defamation proceedings against RTÉ

Lawyers for Irish businessman Jim Mansfield jnr have issued defamation proceedings against RTÉ in connection with an episode of Prime Time.

Published 9 August 2019

Law Reform Commission calls for defamation law reform to protect court reporters

Ireland's defamation laws should be reformed to protect court reporters, including amateur bloggers, from being sued for simple oversights and omissions, the Law Reform Commission has recommended.

Published 23 July 2019

Karyn Harty: Why a growing number of 'libel tourists' could be making their way to our shores

Karyn Harty, partner in dispute resolution and litigation at McCann FitzGerald, considers the impact of defamation reform in Britain on litigation in Ireland.

Published 17 July 2019

Newspapers fail in appeal against libel actions as serious harm test is satisfied

News publishers who appealed over articles defamatory of a man in respect of his behaviour towards his former wife have had their appeal dismissed by justices in the Supreme Court on the basis the “serious harm” test was satisfied.

Published 12 June 2019

Irish defamation laws pose 'major threat to press freedom'

Ireland's present defamation laws pose a "major threat to press freedom", the Press Council of Ireland has warned.

Published 29 May 2019

Rush to judgement – actor wins record-breaking defamation payout

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has been awarded Australia's largest ever defamation payout to a single person.

Published 24 May 2019

Court of Appeal: Award of €310,000 for defamatory articles published in the Sunday World is upheld

The Sunday World has lost an appeal against the finding that two articles it published about a former GAA footballer were seriously defamatory and warranted an award of €310,000 in damages.

Published 23 May 2019