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Order banning Twitter from publishing Mayor comments to stay in place

Waterford Mayor John Cummins was initially granted the order over Tweets which he says were false and grossly defamatory.

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A TEMPORARY ORDER against Twitter secured by the Mayor of Waterford will remain in place for at least another week, a judge has ruled.

Fine Gael Councillor John Cummins secured an order against the social media company earlier this month, directing that Twitter International remove tweets which he says are false and grossly defamatory.

The interim injunctions, granted on 15 Feburary, directed Twitter to remove the messages in question and restrained the company from publishing or disseminating any further such tweets.

Cummins has described allegations made in the tweets as “utterly baseless” and said he had reported the matter to gardaí

Justice Paul Gilligan last week imposed an order under Section 33 of the Defamation Act, stating that the material in question cannot be published.

The case was back up for mention at Dublin’s Four Courts this morning, where Justice Gilligan told Cummins’ legal team that he would keep the temporary order in place for the next eight days.

The judge asked for submissions from both sides in the case to handed in by next Thursday, and the matter will be back before the court the following day.

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