€15k bill for racist slur on Twitter
A Kerry man has been awarded damages in the Circuit Civil Court against well-known artist Kevin Sharkey over "highly defamatory" comments he wrote on his Twitter account.
Quantity surveyor Garrett O'Mahony, of Gortnadallagh, Kenmare, Co Kerry, claimed that the artist had called him a racist. Sharkey did not appear in court yesterday, nor was he legally represented.
Barrister Karl Sweeney, for Mr O'Mahony, told the court that the proceedings arose after his client replied to a comment posted on the artist's Twitter account about a picture published on the front page of a daily newspaper.
The court heard that Mr O'Mahony had then received a replying tweet which was "outrageous, completely out of context, deeply offensive and highly defamatory, calling him a racist".
Judge Groarke awarded Mr O'Mahony €5,000 damages along with his legal fees, which could cost Sharkey another €10,000.