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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Lawyers for Rehab chief Angela Kerins force website host to remove 'defamatory' article

Published 18/02/2014 | 10:37

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The Rehab Group’s board meets over the salary of chief executive Angela Kerins (right) yesterday. Picture: MARK STEDMAN/PHOTOCALL
The Rehab Group’s board meets over the salary of chief executive Angela Kerins (right) yesterday. Picture: MARK STEDMAN/PHOTOCALL

THE legal team acting for Rehab chief Angelia Kerins forced a website hosted in the United States to remove an article it claimed was defamatory.

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Irishcentral.com, a website which covers Irish stories but is based in US, was covering the ongoing controversy surrounding the salary of Ms Kerins.

Last night the Rehab board attempted to end the controversy by disclosing that Ms Kerins earns €240k.

Last Thursday Irish Central’s host company, Limelight, received a letter from lawyers acting for Ms Kerins alleging a story hosted on the site was defamatory and demanded it be taken down.

The founder of the site, Niall O’Dowd, said in a tweet that the host company did not seek the site editor’s permission to remove the story.

“We did not remove the story the hosting company did without our permission after they received a legal warning” he tweeted.

In an article posted on the website over the weekend Mr O’Dowd said: “As of Thursday (Feb 13) our host server Limelight was told in a lawyer’s letter that they were liable for an article written here two weeks ago and warned to take it down immediately. We apparently will also be sued.”

“Thank God for the First Amendment is what I say.”

Libel laws in the United States are less strict than those found in Ireland.

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