What is Defamation?
Defamation is the publication or broadcast of a false statement, which lowers the reputation of a person or a company in the eyes of right-thinking members of society.
Defamation may be a highly critical comment posted online, or an untrue newspaper publication.
Defamation can arise in many ways, through the spoken word, including broadcast media such as TV and radio, through the publication online, in the press or a magazine article.
Defamation is becoming increasingly common through electronic media such as blogs, internet articles and Social Media.
Defamation – Right to your good name
The right to your good name is protected under the constitution in Ireland and also by the introduction and provisions in the Defamation Act 2009.
The value of your reputation cannot be overstated, as a damaged reputation may cause difficulties that can seriously affect your working life, your business reputation, your mental health and indeed, your personal life.
A reputation often takes many years to build, but can be destroyed in moments by careless or inaccurate communication, publication or reporting.
How to claim damages in Ireland
Making a claim for Defamation damages in Ireland can be a complex process but we at Sherlock & Co. Solicitors can make it as straightforward as possible.
Our first step is to advise you whether you have a valid claim for Defamation compensation during our initial consultation.
If we advise you that you do in fact have a stateable claim for Defamation we shall then advise you on the best way to pursue your claim.
Examples of Defamation cases
Please see below several examples of the type of Defamation cases taken in Ireland in recent years:
- Sexual Defamation: Accusations of alleged sexual activity made against you by a third party.
- Allegation of Cheating in Sport: Wrongly accused of cheating in a dog/horse race or alleged doping.
- Accusation of committing a Crime: Incorrectly accused of a serious crime.
Why choose Sherlock and Co. Solicitors
Sherlock & Co. Solicitors are a highly experienced Law Firm that has successfully brought many Defamation cases in the Circuit Court and High Court.
We also have experience in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as a tool to assist in Defamation cases. We will explore all avenues to conclude a case for Defamation without the necessity of initiating Court Proceedings. Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution can be a beneficial option as it has the considerable advantage of keeping the matter out of the public domain.
Time is of the essence in respect of Defamation actions in Ireland with tight timelines imposed for bringing an action, therefore, it is best to seek legal advice as soon as practicably possible.
Please phone our Clondalkin office for a consultation: (01) 4570846