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Courts have power to dictate nature of corrections

The Fr Kevin Reynolds' libel case highlighted an important power contained in the the 2009 Defamation Act, writes John Maher.

18th December, 2011
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Fr Kevin Reynolds: libelled by RTE. Photo: Collins

The full consequences of the libel of Fr Kevin Reynolds by RTE's Prime Time Investigates programme have yet to become clear, but the controversy surrounding it has highlighted one aspect of modern Irish defamation law which had gone largely unremarked.

The 2009 Defamation Act gave courts the power to make a correction order, setting out a statement to correct and apologise for a libel, and detailing where and how this must be published. The potential...

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