Monday 22 January 2018

Court tells Sharkey to take down his tweet

Kevin Sharkey. Picture: David Conachy.
Kevin Sharkey. Picture: David Conachy.

Saurya Cherfi

A MAN has obtained a temporary court order directing artist Kevin Sharkey to remove an allegedly "highly defamatory" comment on his twitter account.

Barrister Karl Sweeney told the Circuit Civil Court that Garrett O'Mahony had been called a racist after he replied to a tweet written on Mr Sharkey's account on April 23 last.

In an affidavit, Mr O'Mahony, of Gort- nadallagh, Kenmare, Co Kerry, stated that he replied to a comment posted on Mr Sharkey's twitter account.

Mr Sweeney told Judge Jacquelinne Linnane that Mr Sharkey posted a reply to Mr O'Mahony, which was "deeply offensive, calling him a racist".

Mr O'Mahony sent a tweet asking him to retract the comment and to apologise, counsel said. The court heard that neither had been forthcoming.

Mr O'Mahony's solicitors, Granville & Co, had written to Mr Sharkey asking him to remove the tweet and apologise. Neither had happened to date.

Judge Linnane granted the injunction on an ex-parte basis directing Mr Sharkey to remove the comment.

The case was adjourned to the end of the month.

Irish Independent

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