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Court tells Sharkey to take down his tweet

Saurya Cherfi

Published 15/05/2014 | 02:30

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Kevin Sharkey. Picture: David Conachy.
Kevin Sharkey. Picture: David Conachy.

A MAN has obtained a temporary court order directing artist Kevin Sharkey to remove an allegedly "highly defamatory" comment on his twitter account.

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Barrister Karl Sweeney told the Circuit Civil Court that Garrett O'Mahony had been called a racist after he replied to a tweet written on Mr Sharkey's account on April 23 last.

In an affidavit, Mr O'Mahony, of Gort- nadallagh, Kenmare, Co Kerry, stated that he replied to a comment posted on Mr Sharkey's twitter account.

Mr Sweeney told Judge Jacquelinne Linnane that Mr Sharkey posted a reply to Mr O'Mahony, which was "deeply offensive, calling him a racist".

Mr O'Mahony sent a tweet asking him to retract the comment and to apologise, counsel said. The court heard that neither had been forthcoming.

Mr O'Mahony's solicitors, Granville & Co, had written to Mr Sharkey asking him to remove the tweet and apologise. Neither had happened to date.

Judge Linnane granted the injunction on an ex-parte basis directing Mr Sharkey to remove the comment.

The case was adjourned to the end of the month.

Irish Independent

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