Orla Kelly: The case for the defamed

Awards paid out in defamation cases are often derided as too high by the media, but sometimes they vindicate huge injustices

19th March, 2017

The recent call for submissions on the operation of the Defamation Act by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald appears to have reignited media debate on the awards paid out in defamation cases.

I don’t seek to set myself up as a champion of the defamed litigant. However, I do seek to highlight the absence of balance in commentary on this issue which proffers the view of the media.

References to the defamation law...

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