Defamation law

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

Ciaran O'Shiel: Social media and the 'ordinary reasonable reader'

Ciaran O'Shiel, associate in IP, media and data disputes at A&L Goodbody in Belfast, considers the consequences of a recent judgment of the UK Supreme Court.

Published 21 May 2019

Gerald Kean awarded €160,000 in damages in defamation case

Prominent solicitor Gerald Kean has been awarded €160,000 in damages and costs by the High Court after a jury found that he was defamed in a newspaper article.

Published 20 May 2019

Irish publishers launch campaign for defamation law reform

A major new campaign to overhaul Ireland's defamation laws has been launched to coincide with World Press Freedom Day 2019.

Published 3 May 2019

Woman taken to court over Facebook post succeeds in appeal to UK Supreme Court

A woman sued for defamation by her ex-husband over her claim on Facebook that he “tried to strangle me” has had her appeal unanimously allowed by the UK Supreme Court on the basis an ordinary reader of the post would have interpreted it as meaning the ex-husband had grasped the woman by the throat and applied force to her neck – not that he had attempted to kill her.

Published 4 April 2019

Late councillor's estate to be allowed to continue defamation proceedings

The executor of a deceased man's estate has been allowed to continue defamation proceedings he launched before his death.

Published 28 March 2019

Tweed warns Facebook to expect more lawsuits over celebrity advertising scams

Defamation lawyer Paul Tweed has warned that Facebook faces a wave of lawsuits from celebrities whose likenesses are being used without permission in adverts on the social media platform.

Published 25 March 2019