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Friday 11 July 2014

Registrar says sorry to solicitor for calling him ‘useless’ at schools’ rugby final

Ray Managh

Published 08/07/2013|14:23

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A County Registrar has apologised in court to a solicitor for things she allegedly said about him at the senior schools rugby cup final two years ago.

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Wicklow County Registrar Mary Delahanty, of Abbeyfield, Milltown, Dublin, was sued in the Dublin Circuit Civil Court for €50,000 damages for defamation by Maynooth solicitor Damien Maguire.

It was alleged in Mr Maguire’s claim that on St Patrick’s Day 2011 she approached him in the grandstand at the match and stated: “You are the most useless solicitor. You have destroyed your client. He will be left with nothing.”

Ms Delahanty, whose legal team had entered a full defence to Mr Maguire’s claim, was alleged by Mr Maguire to have approached him in the grandstand “in a hostile and aggressive manner.”

Mr Maguire, of Dillon Row, Dunboyne Road, Maynooth, Co Kildare, stated in his claim he was in the company of a client at the time.

Michael G MacGrath SC, for Ms Delahanty, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane, that the matter had been resolved following talks.

He asked the court to note that Ms Delahanty had made an apology to Mr Maguire in terms that were confidential between the parties.

Mr MacGrath said he would be handing written terms into court and asked Judge Linnane to read them before handing them back to the parties concerned.

Justin McQuade, counsel for Maguire, opened the defamation proceedings by stating that the claim involved damages for defamation arising out of an incident on 17th March, 2011.

Judge Linnane asked if some effort had been made to resolve the matter and said she would allow 10 minutes in relation to this.

“Before we embark 10 minutes might be used beneficially,” the judge said.

The court adjourned at 10.32am and resumed at 11:45 when Mr McQuade thanked the judge for the time. 

He said the matter had been resolved and Mr MacGrath was going to address the court.

No public reference was made as to any financial settlement having been reached. 

Mr MacGrath said the only order required was to strike out the proceeding with liberty to apply to the court.

Earlier Judge Alan Mahon, before sending the case to Judge Linnane, said he could not hear the matter.

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