[Media]Blogger must pay €100,000 for libel

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[Media]Blogger must pay €100,000 for libel

Postby jd » Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:05 am

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/w ... 009820.ece

A blogger has agreed a €100,000 settlement after libelling Niall Ó Donnchú, a senior civil servant, and his girlfriend Laura Barnes. It is the first time in Ireland that defamatory material on a blog has resulted in a pay-out.

Barnes, an American book dealer, made a profit of up to €800,000 in 2005 from selling a cache of James Joyce papers to the state. One year later she began a relationship with Ó Donnchú, an assistant secretary in the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism.

In December 1, 2006, a blogger who styles himself as Ardmayle posted a comment about the couple and the sale of the Joycean manuscripts under the headline “Barnes and Noble”. Following a legal complaint, he took down the blog and in February 2007 he posted an apology which had been supplied by Ó Donnchú’s and Barnes’ lawyer, Ivor Fitzpatrick solicitors.
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Re: [Media]Blogger must pay €100,000 for libel

Postby doggie3131 » Sun Jan 31, 2010 2:54 pm

just goes to show,ya gotta be careful,ye might think it lads, but don't print it!
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