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"Blogger" apologises to Declan Ganley for defamatory tweets


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A blogger has apologised for defamatory tweets posted last month about businessman Declan Ganley in what is believed to be the first legal settlement in the State involving Twitter content. Kevin Barrington issued his apology to the Libertas entrepreneur on Twitter, and said he had paid a "substantial" donation to the Poor Clare Sisters, Mr Ganley's nominated charity, to "reflect his regret".
Online first as blogger apologises to Ganley over tweets - National News - Independent.ie

This is the sort of stuff you will find on his account <today>.

https://twitter.com/kevbarring/status/274121530357731328

Mr Barrington, who describes himself as a "wordsmith for hire", was unwilling to comment further on the matter.
Although many of us are guilty of making intemperate comments, I think we are ok as long as we dont claim things about people that didnt occur that are defamatory or make threats of illegal action.

I wonder will this be the start of a slew of cases.
 


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He used to post here under KevBar until he was banned. David Cochrane and Ganley being mates was just coincidental of course......
 

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Awaits legal eagle Stringjack in 5, 4, 3, 2......... petunia
 

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How on earth was anyone ever under the impression that Twitter wasn't subject to the defamation laws...?
 

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How on earth was anyone ever under the impression that Twitter wasn't subject to the defamation laws...?
Hardly a surprise is it?
You only have to read on this site almost any thread to see that most seem to think you can and indeed should post up any old bollox that comes into your head, regardless of the truth of it.
 

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How on earth was anyone ever under the impression that Twitter wasn't subject to the defamation laws...?
The clue is in the name. ;)
 

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How on earth was anyone ever under the impression that Twitter wasn't subject to the defamation laws...?
It might be a nice wake up.

By the way this is how politicans should deal with defamation and death threats etc. on-line. I can't stand Ganley, but he was right to take this case. I have no doubt politicans will suffer further abuse when they do sue people over what is said on twitter and facebook, but they still should.
 

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You generally don't have to say much about Declan Ganley before he starts accusing you of defamation. Remember this is the man who threatened to sue Village and Dick Roche for Roche's description of him as a "snake-oil salesman" - a commonly used term in both political and business parlance which is in no way defamatory to anyone.
 

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Wordsmith? Lol. Not based on what he churned out on this site.
 

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Good to see Ganley taking on the real powers that be.. heroic stuff.
 

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Wordsmith? Lol. Not based on what he churned out on this site.
He is trying to emulate a certain "journalist" who has made a living out of being controversial for the last 30+ years and is still at it. Not mentioning any names but I think the individual in question would be flattered by that description.
 

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You generally don't have to say much about Declan Ganley before he starts accusing you of defamation. Remember this is the man who threatened to sue Village and Dick Roche for Roche's description of him as a "snake-oil salesman" - a commonly used term in both political and business parlance which is in no way defamatory to anyone.
Well in Australia a similar term 'colourful racing identity' is accepted as libel by the courts so Ganley has a point.
 

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