The Law of Defamation 2nd edition



Author: John Maher
Publisher: Round Hall
Pub Date: 27/02/2019
ISBN: 9780414061712
Jurisdiction: Ireland


The new edition of The Law of Defamation will provide practitioners and media professionals with the latest significant case law, along with a comprehensive but straightforward analysis of the developing law of libel in Ireland. All chapters have been revised and rewritten to incorporate recent developments.


The new edition features the significant Irish cases of recent years, including:

-Lennon v HSE [2015] concerning the right to a jury
-Christie v TV3 [2015] on the effect of an offer of amends
-Leech v Independent Newspapers [2014] on calculating upper level damages
-O’Brien v RT [2015] on injunctions and parliamentary privilege
-Meegan v Times Newspapers [2015] on discovery of journalists? notes
-Philpott v Irish Examiner [2016] on court reporting privilege
-Watson v MGN [2016] on delays and limitation periods
-McDonagh v Sunday Newspapers [2016] on appealing quantum of damages


It also deals with the influential cases emanating from the European Court of Human Rights and from other jurisdictions, including:

-Delfi AS v Estonia [2015], the key ECHR ruling on internet comments
-Google Spain v Costeja Gonzalez [2014] the European Court of Justice case on the right to be forgotten on the internet
-McAlpine v Bercow [2013] on libel by emoji in a tweet

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