Former head of Wicklow council defamed councillors, court rules

Eddie Sheehy exercised ‘malice’ when issuing a press release four years ago over a compulsory purchase order for land in Co Wicklow, the High Court has found

16th July, 2017
Eddie Sheehy, the former chief executive of Wicklow County Council Picture: Collins

The High Court has ruled that Eddie Sheehy, the former chief executive of Wicklow County Council, exercised a “degree of malice or an improper purpose” when he issued a press release in April 2013 which defamed two elected members of the local authority.

In a lengthy judgment last week, Ms Justice Marie Baker said that councillor Tommy Cullen and former councillor Barry Nevin were wrongly described in the press release as “responsible for wasting...

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