Defamation

Singer Settles Defamation Claim for being Depicted as an Alcoholic


 

A well-known traditional singer has settled his defamation claim for being depicted as an alcoholic in an undisclosed out of court settlement.

Singer Tim Lyons made his defamation claim for being depicted as an alcoholic after a photograph of him appeared on the front cover of “A Nation of Extremes – The Pioneers in Twentieth Century Ireland” – a book written by historian Professor Diarmaid Ferriter and published by the Irish Academic Press.

The photograph was of the singer was taken in a bar beside two pints of stout and what appears to be a glass of spirits, next to a photograph of members of the Pioneers mentioned in the book – the organisation for Catholic teetotallers. Mr Lyons alleged that the photograph depicted him as an alcoholic and had been used without his permission.

Professor Ferriter had attempted to have the defamation claim for being depicted as an alcoholic thrown out in July 2012 on the grounds that he had no input into the design or layout of the book cover. However, Lyons argued successfully that the use of his photograph was a breach of his privacy and Judge Gerald Keyes had turned down the application.

A full hearing of the defamation claim for being depicted as an alcoholic was scheduled to be heard this week. However, prior to the hearing taking place, Judge Keyes was told that an agreement had been reached between the two parties and the case could be struck. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.