Ex-Rose boss claims PR firm branded him 'liar and crook'
A FORMER director of the Rose of Tralee has claimed he was called a "liar", "crook", "criminal" and "deviant" in an online blog.
Seamus O'Halloran, trading as O'Halloran Group of Ballyard, Tralee, Co Kerry, was being sued by a Cork-based communications company for money it claimed was owed to them.
However, Mr O'Halloran lodged a counter-claim that he was defamed on the internet by one of the directors of the communications firm in his blog -- an online internet diary.
In a dramatic turn of events last night, the communications firm announced it would not be pursuing the matter further.
Greg Canty and Deirdre Waldron, trading as Fuzion Communications on the South Mall in Cork, were suing Mr O'Halloran for money they claimed was owed to them for professional marketing, public relations and graphic design work.
Tralee Circuit Court heard the amount claimed to be outstanding was €19,712.11 for work in Val's Bar and Restaurant and the Fabric late-night venue in the town in 2009 and 2010.
Following legal argument, Judge Donagh McDonagh adjourned the matter to allow more time for both sides to prepare their cases.
Counsel for Mr O'Halloran, Micheal Munnelly, said he had "52 pages" from the blog where his client was called a "a thief, a criminal, a crook and a deviant".
Counsel for Mr Canty and Ms Waldron, Liz Murphy, had asked Judge McDonagh for the matter of the debt to be disposed of yesterday but the judge said he could not "bind" another judge who would hear the balance of the case on a different date.
Judge McDonagh does not normally preside over Tralee Circuit Court. "It's a pity it's not ready to go on because I'm finished in Kerry today and I'd love to have heard it," he said.
Last night, Fuzion Communications released a statement saying, following talks between both legal teams, they had taken "a considered" and "very practical" decision not to proceed any further and had dropped all their court proceedings.
Efforts by the Irish Independent to contact Mr O'Halloran last night were unsuccessful.
It is unclear if he intends to proceed with his counter-claim.