Defamation Claims

Defamation occurs where a false statement is published about a person which tends to lower that person in the eyes of right-thinking members of society. Defamation law helps to protect the reputations of individuals and businesses from unjustified attack. The Defamation Act 2009 came into effect on 1 January 2010 and has introduced some significant changes to defamation law in Ireland. This long awaited Act has abolished the distinction between libel and slander and introduced a new tort of defamation, with a limitation period of one year.

Defamatory statements include accusations of professional incompetence, or of unethical, illegal or immoral behaviour.

An actionable defamatory statement has three ingredients:

  • it must be published,
  • it must refer to the complainant and
  • it must be false.