Football star's partner gets court order against blogger
Published 17/04/2010 | 05:00
The business partner of former Kerry football star Darragh O Se yesterday told a court that he had been injured by false reports that he was being pursued by Anglo Irish Bank for debts of €1.49m.
Michael Daly, of Daly O'Se Property Consultants, Denny Street, Tralee, Co Kerry, was granted an interim injunction at the Circuit Court in Killarney restraining publication of the reports on a leading political blog, Politics.ie.
Mr Daly told the court he never had any dealings with Anglo Irish Bank, either personally or on behalf of a client.
The court heard that David Cochrane of Crodaun Park, Celbridge, Co Kildare, was the owner of the blog. Mr Cochrane was not represented in court.
Counsel for Mr Daly said there had been 11,983 posts relating to his client on the blog.
The court heard that, on March 12 last, Mr Cochrane published under the pseudonym Kerrynorth words that meant Anglo Irish Bank had issued proceedings against Mr Daly for the recovery of debts of €1.49m.
The words also meant he had failed to honour his financial obligations, that he was in serious financial difficulties and that his property was to be taken into NAMA.
The court heard Mr Daly had been grossly injured in his character and reputation as an auctioneer and property adviser, and that his business was suffering losses as a result.
Mr Daly told the court that he thought the Politics.ie report was a 'joke' when he first heard of it. But a business client then requested an urgent meeting over the report, he said.
Mr Daly said he and Darragh O Se, who attended the hearing, found the material after a search on the internet.
Judge Terry O'Sullivan, who said the information should not continue to be published, gave Mr Daly's legal team the liberty to phone and email any organisations that received information relating to him.
The case was adjourned to the Circuit Court, in Listowel, on Friday next.