Defamation can arise in many ways; through the written word, in audio form such as TV and radio, and in today’s world, through online platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, or even group chats.
You have just as strong a right to take a defamation case if you are subject to a defamatory comment/ statement online, than you would if you were defamed, for example, by a newspaper.
The right to a good name is protected under The Irish Constitution, and The Defamation Act of 2009 sets the standards for what is defamatory.
The 2009 Act states you have been defamed if you are subject to a statement which tends to lower your reputation, or which creates a negative image of you in the eyes of right-thinking people of society.
You have one year from the date of the defamatory publication to issue Court proceedings.
What is the standard for actionable damage to your reputation?
If you are someone that either trades/does business on your reputation or feels very strongly about protecting your good reputation and name, the bar to get across for establishing actionable damage to your reputation is not a high one.
The integrity of your good name and protection of your reputation cannot be safeguarded strongly enough. A damaged reputation can cause you all sorts of problems both personally and emotionally, and through experience of handling large numbers of these cases on a regular basis, we understand how difficult an experience this can be for a person.
If you have any queries concerning defamation, please do not hesitate to contact Defamation Solicitors Carter Anhold in Sligo and Dublin on 071 916 2211.