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# Defamation

This month
May 2023
# Defamation
Iona Institute's David Quinn settles case with abortion rights activist over defamatory tweet
The case was raised in the Dáil by the Green Party’s Neasa Hourigan last year.
# Media
Fox News fights legal bid by rival media to reveal details of defamation payoff
Three news organisations are seeking to unseal documents related to Fox News’ recently settled defamation lawsuit.
Last month
April 2023
# National Union of Journalists
Micheál Martin doubles down on criticism of The Ditch as NUJ questions his use of Dáil privilege
The NUJ’s Séamus Dooley noted that, unlike TDs, journalists must act subject to “extremely restrictive defamation laws”.
# summer 2023
Govt summer priorities: Renters' rights, safe access zones, vaping rules and late-night pubs
A new pension system and a ban on conversion therapy are other issues to be addressed.
This year
# defamation laws
Govt aims to reform defamation laws to protect public-interest journalism and reduce costs
Ireland’s libel and slander laws have been criticised for creating a chilling effect on public-interest journalism.
# Lawsuit
Retired detective loses defamation case against Netflix over his portrayal in Making a Murderer
Netflix aired the Making a Murderer series in 2015.
Last year
# Courts
Court dismisses ex-MMA fighter's action against Conor McGregor
McGregor had called the ex-MMA fighter a rat on social media, which a judge ruled was not defamatory
# Artem Lobov
Injunction judgement reserved over allegedly defamatory social media posts by Conor McGregor
Retired MMA fighter Artem Lobov claims that he has been the subject of a barrage of harassing and defamatory posts by McGregor.
# Trump
Donald Trump ordered to testify in defamation case brought by woman who says he raped her
The former US president faces twin allegations of rape and defamation in a case dating back to 2019.
# jackie lavin
Businesswoman Jackie Lavin launches defamation proceedings against publisher of Sunday Times
The matter was briefly mentioned before Mr Justice Brian O’Moore today.
# Sinn Féin
'It's a good day when justice is served': Eoin Ó Broin responds to Dowdall sentencing
Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin says his party has been quick to distance itself from Dowdall.
# Enoch Burke
Enoch Burke wants to sue Sunday Independent over allegedly defamatory article, court hears
Enoch Burke was suspended in August from his position at Wilson’s Hospital School in Co Westmeath.
# Defamation
She looks like she’s had 700 drinks – Fan accused by Kyrgios taking legal action
Kyrgios had complained to the umpire about the behaviour of Anna Palus in his four-set defeat by Novak Djokovic in this year’s Wimbledon final.
# US
Amber Heard’s lawyer says actress will ‘absolutely’ appeal defamation decision
Heard’s lawyer said she has “excellent grounds” for the appeal as there was “so much” evidence that was not included during the trial.
Opinion: Why has the internet turned against Amber Heard and is this the end of #MeToo?
Seána Glennon looks at the wider implications of the contentious defamation trial on the #MeToo movement.
# Wagatha Christie
Wayne Rooney: Coleen is a different mother and wife since Vardy ‘sting’ row
The former England captain gave evidence at the Royal Courts of Justice today.
# Lawsuit
Johnny Depp said he tried to be 'a southern gentleman’ as violent text messages shown in court
The actor clashed several time with Amber Heard’s lawyer, Benjamin Rottenborn, as he was cross-examined today.
All time
# High Court
Gerry Adams challenges aspects of BBC defences ahead of defamation trial
The BBC denies defamation.
# Defamation
Stormont Health Minister sues Van Morrison over ‘very dangerous’ criticism
The defamation proceedings are set for a court date in early 2022.
# libel case
TV star ‘created persona’ during time he failed to respond to libel case papers
Northern Ireland’s First Minister is suing Dr Christian Jessen for defamation over a tweet he posted making unfounded claims she was having an affair.
# High Court
Galway restaurant claims they were defamed by Deliveroo
The claim is made by Gastro Grub Limited, trading under ‘Tuco’s Taqueria’ located at Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway since 2015.
# Ballyfermot
Dublin man loses €75,000 defamation claim against McDonalds restaurant chain
Mark White claimed he had been accused by a staff member of lacing two drinks with vodka.
# christian jessen
Arlene Foster tells court of her family's distress at Channel 4 doctor’s incorrect tweet about ‘affair’
The DUP leader has initiated a libel case against Dr Christian Jessen.
Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire reaches settlement with RTÉ over defamation claim
The High Court legal proceedings were issued last July.
# libel laws
Defamation laws 'seen as an inducement to self-censorship' for media in Ireland, EU commissioner says
The European Commissioner for Justice addressed Oireachtas members at a committee this afternoon.
# frank o'rourke
Facebook would have difficulty complying with order sought by ex-FF TD, High Court hears
Frank O’Rourke claims he was defamed in posts on social media.
# Circuit Civil Court
Schoolgirls wrongly accused of shoplifting were 'extremely upset and embarrassed', court hears
In August 2018, the girls were stopped and told they had been recorded on video robbing in the shop.
# High Court
RTÉ apologises to Declan Ganley over Prime Time programme broadcast 12 years ago
No other details of the settlement were aired in open court.
# Wesley Barnes
American to avoid jail over negative TripAdvisor review of Thai hotel
Wesley Barnes wrote of encountering “unfriendly staff” who “act like they don’t want anyone here”.
# Defamation
Gemma O Doherty allegedly evading service of defamation proceedings against her by Jimmy Guerin
A number of efforts to serve her with documents have been unsuccessful.
# High Court
Sinn Féin TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire launches defamation case against RTÉ and Joe Duffy
The High Court legal proceedings were issued yesterday.
# libel case
'All hell would break loose' if I didn’t follow the rules, Johnny Depp tells UK High Court
The Hollywood actor is giving his fourth day of evidence in his libel action against The Sun newspaper
Opinion: Ireland is in prime position to hold social networks to account - and we must
Lawyer Paul Tweed says it’s ‘absurd’ for such companies to claim they are ‘merely a platform, not a publisher’.
# nigerian king
Nigerian tribal king takes High Court action against Irish-based blogger
He claims that in the posts he has been wrongly, and maliciously accused of committing serious offences.
# High Court
Former TD Maria Bailey issues defamation proceedings against Irish Mirror publisher
Bailey did not contest the general election in February after being removed from the Fine Gael ticket.
# infowars
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ordered to pay $100k after he claimed Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax
A 20-year-old gunman killed 20 first-graders, six educators and himself at the school in 2012.
# Defamation
'It should never have happened': Traveller family who were denied entry to pub awarded €33,000
The judge said the O’Connors were denied entry because of their ethnicity and a deliberate policy to exclude travellers.
# Thai cave rescue
British cave diver felt 'humiliated' by Elon Musk 'pedo guy' tweet
Vernon Unsworth is suing the Tesla co-founder for defamation.
# Defamation
Self-help star Tony Robbins is suing Buzzfeed in the Irish High Court over a series of articles
Robbins is suing the UK arm of Buzzfeed for defamation.
# Defamation
Judge dismisses woman's €75,000 claim for damages over €1 Marks and Spencer shopping bag
Judge John O’Connor described the case as completely over the top