Wednesday 16 October 2019

Comedian Al Porter to defend defamation action taken by Senator David Norris

Comedian Al Porter
Comedian Al Porter
Senator David Norris

By Saurya Cherfi and Ray Managh

Comedian Al Porter has entered a full defence in a defamation action taken against him by Independent Senator David Norris, the High Court was told today.

Norris is suing 22-year-old Porter, also known as Alan Kavanagh, and RTE, over “a joke” the comedian did about him on RTE Two’s New Comedy Awards Show two years ago.

Barrister Peter Mc Kenna told the court today that since seeking summary judgment against Kavanagh in default of entering a defence, a defence had been entered last month and he was now seeking only an order for costs on behalf of his client Senator Norris.

Mr Justice Donald Binchy heard that Norris’ solicitor, Jeanne Boyle, had sent Kavanagh several warning letters stating that his client would seek summary judgment against him if no defence was entered.

Barrister Shane Geraghty, counsel for Kavanagh, said the delay in entering the defence was because his client was an emerging comedian who had been out of the country.

Judge Binchy said Mr Norris was entitled to the costs of his application, but he put a stay on them pending the outcome of the overall legal action.

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