One of the primary rights of any person, as protected under the Irish Constitution, is an individual’s inherent right to a good name. If this right has been unfairly damaged then the injured party may be entitled to compensation for the damage to their good name.
Normally defamation type actions arise when an individual is accused of something in view of the public that is not the truth or where there has been an unjust written publication that has been made public.
There are a number of very technical defences available to a Defendant in defamation proceedings and there have been significant advances in the defamation area with the relatively recent enactment of the 2009 Defamation Act. See www.irishstatutebook.ie
The area of defamation is highly technical and a person only has one year to institute proceedings from the date of the defamatory act so one has to act promptly in these cases.
We at O’Hanrahan Lally are continuously acting for Plaintiffs in both the Circuit Court and the High Court and we are happy to boast a high success rate.
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