You are entitled to protect your name and reputation from unjust attack if untrue or unjustified statements are made against you.
A defamatory statement can be in writing or spoken.
Statements made in person, on television, on radio or email, text message, website and blog may all be capable on being defamatory. The publisher and the author of the statement may be liable to compensate you if your reputation has been damaged.
The current situation under Irish Law
It is important to be aware that you have only 12 months from the date the statement is made within which time to issue Court proceedings. If you are considering legal action, speak to your Solicitor as soon as possible in order to ensure your case does not become statute barred.
Under the Defamation Act 2009 there are a number of new Defences that are available for a person who has been accused of making a Defamatory statement. It is now possible to resolve some Defamation cases without the need to go to Court, these can be of assistance in order to avoid litigation.
The nature of defamation cases is that they require expert legal analysis and advice. It is important that a client acts swiftly in order to remedy that wrong against them.
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