James Lawless: Abolishing juries amounts to a pyrrhic victory and utterly neglects the underlying problems

Everyone is agreed that defamation laws need to change, but differences have emerged on the role of juries

A Belfast court recently found no defamation had occurred in an action brought by Sinn Féin first minister designate Michelle O’Neill

Those who hold or seek power must be held to account. Traditional press has long ensured this. When I led a review of Fianna Fáil’s aims last year, we deliberately included “freedom of the press” along with free and fair elections and informed public debate as key tenets of a modern republic.

The right to privacy and one’s good name is equally important; it enjoys constitutional protection and is enshrined in international human rights treaties ...