Tuesday 30 May 2017

In overturning this 'perverse' €900,000 verdict, the court has finally corrected a major wrong

Yesterday, the three-judge Court of Appeal found that the evidence adduced in the case taken against the ‘Sunday World’ by Martin McDonagh showed 'overwhelmingly' that he was a drug dealer
Yesterday, the three-judge Court of Appeal found that the evidence adduced in the case taken against the ‘Sunday World’ by Martin McDonagh showed 'overwhelmingly' that he was a drug dealer
Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

The significance of yesterday's decision by the Court of Appeal to overturn a 'perverse' €900,000 jury verdict in favour of a tax cheat and criminal we can now finally call a drug dealer, cannot be understated.

It is next to impossible to set aside a jury verdict in libel cases.

And such is the sanctity of the distilled community verdict, courts are loathe to interfere with the size of the awards juries issue, even when they too are perverse.

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