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#Libel

# libel - Sunday 27 August, 2017

Woman awarded €1.2m in libel damages from Independent News and Media to sue former solicitors

Solicitors McCann FitzGerald had represented Monica Leech in three libel actions against the media group dating from 2005.

# libel - Thursday 15 June, 2017

Independent Newspapers appeal over Monica Leech €1.2 million award upheld by European court

The judgement was given by a chamber of seven judges.

# libel - Friday 10 March, 2017

Blogger awarded £24k in damages after suing Katie Hopkins for defamation

Jack Monroe’s lawyer said “the price of not saying sorry has been very high” in this case.

# libel - Tuesday 19 April, 2016

# libel - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

‘Mr Amaral said you hid Madeleine’ - Kate McCann's son asked her about disappearance

The McCann’s are suing former police chief Goncalo Amaral for libel.

# libel - Monday 11 November, 2013

Former IBRC chiefs file legal action against Independent News & Media

Alan Dukes and Mike Aynsley have taken issue with the Irish Independent’s report on the IBRC’s Statement of Affairs last month.

# libel - Thursday 19 September, 2013

Kate McCann had 'suicidal thoughts' after Madeleine's disappearance

The McCann family are suing a former policeman over a book he wrote about the missing person case.

# libel - Thursday 12 September, 2013

Kate McCann in Portuguese court for libel case against police chief

The former detective published a book alleging that Madeleine McCann’s parents were involved in her disappearance from a vacation home in 2007.

# libel - Sunday 25 August, 2013

Lance Armstrong pays the Sunday Times back

The publication was forced to give the disgraced cyclist £300,000 in a 2006 court decision

# libel - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Ireland ranks 15th on latest global Press Freedom Index

Reporters Without Borders says Finland has the greatest press freedom, while Eritrea remains at the bottom.

# libel - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

Frank Fahey receives large sum and apology in libel action against Associated Newspapers

The former minister took the action over newspaper articles written in 2006, 2007 and 2010, which he said libelled him.

# libel - Sunday 28 October, 2012

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Good morning! Here’s nine things to know before your (belated) brekkie…

# libel - Monday 22 October, 2012

Frankie Boyle wins £54k in libel case against Daily Mirror

Frankie Boyle won damages over an article in the Daily Mirror which described him as a “racist comedian”.

# libel - Saturday 13 October, 2012

Court to hear libel dispute between Britney Spears' former manager and mother

The trial is expected to focus on the singer-turned-X Factor judge’s darkest days, but Spears won’t appear herself.

# libel - Friday 5 October, 2012

Philippines: President defends new laws clamping down on online libel

The new Filipino laws mean those who libel others online face greater punishment than those who do so in print.

# libel - Sunday 30 September, 2012

From The42 Be gentle, Georgie: It's the sporting tweets of the week Twittersphere This post contains images

Be gentle, Georgie: It's the sporting tweets of the week

Pancakes, a tax rebate, your preferred TV remote and one half of Wozzilroy is jealous. All human life is here.

# libel - Sunday 26 August, 2012

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know this morning…

# libel - Saturday 25 August, 2012

A 'brutal, brutal, brutal' year but TV3 remains positive about the future TV3

A 'brutal, brutal, brutal' year but TV3 remains positive about the future

As it launched its autumn schedule, TV3′s programming director Ben Frow and commercial director Pat Kiely talked recession, financial pressures, RTÉ, David Norris and Tallafornia with TheJournal.ie this week.

# libel - Wednesday 16 May, 2012

Rabbitte unaware of defamation case 'until weeks before court listing'

Court action concerned remarks made by Pat Rabbitte on RTÉ in 2006 about the charging of Dean Lyons for murders he did not commit.

# libel - Friday 4 May, 2012

'It's more serious than I suspected' - Rabbitte on BAI report

The Communications Minister has condemned the RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme, A Mission to Prey, as “a shoddy, unprofessional, cavalier, and damaging piece of work”.

# libel - Monday 2 April, 2012

BAI inquiry into RTÉ and Fr Kevin Reynolds case is complete

However, Authority won’t make any comment or publish the findings as of yet – it is going to RTÉ “for consideration”.

# libel - Saturday 31 March, 2012

Column: David Norris's Privacy Bill recycles a flawed earlier version

Secretary of the Irish NUJ, Séamus Dooley, on his concerns about the recent legislation proposed by a number of independent senators.

# libel - Monday 28 November, 2011

Archbishop: Media must learn from Kevin Reynolds affair

Diarmuid Martin says that while there is no general “anti-Catholic bias” in the media, it must learn from the errors made within RTÉ.

# libel - Friday 25 November, 2011

RTÉ responds to "unsubstantiated" allegations claim

The State broadcaster has set out its reply to claims by the family of the now-deceased Br Ger Dillon that Prime Time made incorrect and unsubstantiated claims about the Christian Brother.

# libel - Wednesday 23 November, 2011

Senior management at RTÉ to step aside during Fr Reynolds inquiries

The producer and reporter on the programme which libelled Fr Kevin Reynolds will also step aside.

# libel - Tuesday 22 November, 2011

Government announces inquiry into RTE programme on Kevin Reynolds

Pat Rabbitte announced that the independent inquiry will determine the ‘true facts and circumstances’ which led to the Prime Time programme on Fr Reynolds being broadcast earlier this year.

# libel - Friday 18 November, 2011

The 9 at 9: Friday

Nine things you need to know this morning…

# libel - Friday 8 July, 2011

Paris prosecutors open official investigation into DSK assault claims DSK

Paris prosecutors open official investigation into DSK assault claims

Tristine Banon’s claims of attempted rape in 2003 are under official investigation. So will Strauss-Kahn sue for slander?

# libel - Tuesday 5 July, 2011

DSK maid to sue New York Post for labelling her a prostitute DSK

DSK maid to sue New York Post for labelling her a prostitute

The newspaper is being sued for libel after claiming that the 32-year-old maid was “turning tricks at the hotel”.

# libel - Wednesday 15 June, 2011

Bahrain to sue The Independent over 'one-sided' reporting

The government of Bahrain intends to sue the British newspaper over its alleged “defamatory and premeditated media campaign” against both it and Saudi Arabia.

# libel - Friday 20 May, 2011

Footballer sues Twitter – and possibly you – over superinjunction breaches

The unnamed Premier League footballer behind an injunction over an affair with Imogen Thomas files action against Twitter.

# libel - Thursday 5 May, 2011

McCafferty didn’t know she was live when making Harney comments

The former Minister for Health settles action against Newstalk over comments made on air by Nell McCafferty last year.

# libel - Sunday 13 March, 2011

Liam Lawlor's widow to sue Sunday Independent for libel

Hazel Lawlor claims that the report of her husband’s death in October 2005 caused her “massive trauma”.

The 9 at 9: Sunday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: More meltdown fears in Fukushima, the Fingleton Files, and an unusually busy day at the Dáil bar…

# libel - Tuesday 15 February, 2011

From The Daily Edge David Beckham libel action dismissed by US judge Beckham

David Beckham libel action dismissed by US judge

Soccer star had sought $25m in damages after magazine published allegations he had an affair with a 26-year-old former prostitute.

# libel - Wednesday 17 November, 2010

High Court issues record €10m libel payout for naked sleepwalker

€9m in compensation – and €1m in aggravated damages – is the highest ever libel payout in the history of the State.

# libel - Wednesday 10 November, 2010

Naked sleepwalker 'defamed' by company press release

Donal Kinsella (67) sleepwalked to the bedroom of his secretary while on a business trip. His company issued a press release.

# libel - Monday 8 November, 2010

Cristiano Ronaldo wins 'substantial' Telegraph libel payout

The Portuguese footballer settles over claims he was damaging an ankle injury by partying in an LA nightclub.

# libel - Monday 26 July, 2010

BLOGGER and journalist Clare Herbert has received a threat of legal action over  a blog post she wrote in December.

Herbert wrote a post entitled “Brian Lenihan’s illness & TV3″ on December 27. The post critcised TV3 for the station’s report on the announcement that Minister Brian Lenihan had pancreatic cancer.

It also made specific criticisms of Professor John Crown, the well-known oncologist and critic of the HSE, who was interviewed in the TV3 report. Crown took up the criticism in the comments section of Herbert’s blog, and she replied, but declined to make any changes to the piece.

A debate ensued, with Crown writing: ”I have no wish to stifle your freedom of expression. The law allows you to express any opinion you wish. You should not however make serious unsubstantiated and extraordinarily damaging allegations about me or about anyone.”

The blogger replied, saying: “Readers of this blog can read both my contribution and your comments and make up their own minds. I, too, consider the matter closed.”

But the matter wasn’t closed, and Herbert revealed on Twitter today that she had received an email threatening legal papers. If the action goes ahead, it will only be the second known instance of a blogger in Ireland being sued.

Earlier this year an Irish blogger agreed to a €100,000 payout after allegedly libelling a senior civil servant and his girlfriend.