Saturday 18 November 2017

Bus driver gets €12,500 over toilet door graffiti

Dublin Bus driver Paul Peppard leaving court yesterday after the hearing. Photo: CourtPix
Dublin Bus driver Paul Peppard leaving court yesterday after the hearing. Photo: CourtPix

Ray Managh

A Dublin Bus driver, who claimed he was defamed by graffiti written on a toilet door at his workplace, has been awarded €12,500 damages in the Circuit Civil Court.

Judge James O'Donohoe said that although Dublin Bus, which had delivered a full defence, could not be held liable for the graffiti itself, it had been "dilatory" in removing it.

Paul Peppard told the court that on March 3, 2015, he noticed the graffiti at Dublin Bus Donnybrook Garage.

He said the words were written prominently and could be seen by persons using or having access to the toilets.

He told his barrister, Stephen J Byrne, a warning notice was "Sellotaped" on the offending words, but it wore out and they had still been visible more than a month later.

Mr Peppard, of Shanganagh Grove, Shanganagh, Shankill, said he then told a union representative that he wanted something done about the graffiti. It had been removed permanently later that day.

Barrister Jeri Ward, for Dublin Bus, said the graffiti had been removed as soon as the company had become aware of it. It denied it had placed a warning notice over the words or that the graffiti had been written by one of its employees.

Judge O'Donohoe said the evidence given by Dublin Bus employees had been too vague in relation to dates and he preferred that of Mr Peppard.

The judge said the "very offending" graffiti was on the door for some time. He accepted that Dublin Bus had done something about it but it had not been quick enough.

Irish Independent

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