Defamation Compensation


The courts in Ireland have recognised the right to privacy for many years, and most defamation compensation awards are in excess of €50,000 for breach of privacy. The right to one’s good name is protected under the Irish constitution, and a new Defamation Act (2009) brought many important changes to defamation compensation law and claims procedures.

How does Defamation Compensation arise?

A claim for defamation compensation arises from a communication that could lower your reputation, or simply create a negative impression. This can be in the form of a conversation, through a TV or radio item, a newspaper or magazine article, or in a statement made in an Internet blog or article, or a Twitter post.

Protecting your Reputation

Reputation can be vitally important. Your reputation often precedes you, and can open many doors in business and personal life, for you and your family. However, if after working impeccably for many years to build an image that people respect, you find an individual or organisation has taken liberties with your good name, then you should immediately speak to an expert solicitor about making a claim for defamation compensation.

Claiming Defamation Compensation

Claiming compensation for defamation is often complex, because for example, if you go too far to punish the guilty party, while you might be well within your rights, you need to consider the potential negative impression this could create in the public eye. If not handled correctly the damage to your reputation could be made worse.

Nevertheless, courts in Ireland will be on your side if you can prove defamation. For example, in Herrity vs Associated Newspapers (July 2008) the High Court awarded €90,000 in defamation compensation against the newspaper following the publication of private material about a woman’s marriage and her relationship with a Catholic priest. The award was €60,000 for general and aggravated damages, plus another €30,000 in punitive damages to mark the court’s disapproval of the “blatant use of unlawfully obtained transcripts of telephone conversations”.

Act Quickly

The first step is to quickly receive accurate and impartial advice about what to do next. We have a highly experienced team of defamation solicitors, and you can call us now in confidence, and without obligation, by calling our free phone line, or filling in our call back form below. our freephone number

Preparing for your call to us

Please consider these important requirements before you call us about your potential defamation case:

– Defamation actions are almost always costly. If successful it is highly likely you will be awarded substantial defamation compensation plus your costs. However you need to consider if the person or body who has made the statement about you has the financial means to pay up. If not, you could be left with a hefty legal bill despite winning your case.

– We will need the exact content of the defamatory remarks from you in order to ascertain if a defamation has transpired. To bring a successful case for defamation it is not sufficient for alleged unknown remarks to have been made.

– The statement or publication of the defamatory remarks about you needs to have been relatively wide. For example if a derogatory comment was made directly to you but could have been overheard by a few others this will not usually be sufficient grounds for defamation compensation.

– You cannot sue for defamation compensation if the remarks made about you were based on some truth. For example, if it was written in a newspaper article that you are currently involved in criminal activity, and you do have a previous criminal conviction then it is unlikely you could win your case.