Sunday 8 December 2019

Law Society makes apology for 'insanity' allegation

Four Courts in Dublin
Four Courts in Dublin

Tim Healy

THE Law Society has apologised in the High Court to a carpenter over an article which incorrectly stated that he had been certified insane.

The apology was read out in court as part of James Bailey's settlement of his action for defamation over the publication of the article in the 'Law Society Gazette'. Mr Bailey had sued the Society and the barrister who wrote the article, Byron Wade.

Yesterday, Mr Justice John Hedigan was told the case had been settled and an apology was read to the court on behalf of the Society and Mr Wade.

The article in the 'Gazette' in November 2006 referred to Circuit Court proceedings in 2005 in which Mr Bailey, Ardcanaught, Castlemaine, Co Kerry, had taken a case in an effort to obtain access to his own medical records.

It was headlined 'The shrink, the chippy, his wife and her doctor' and, it was claimed, also contained sub-headings of movie titles which concerned characters with various types of mental health illness such as 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'.

In the apology, the Society said it reiterated that the outcome of that Circuit Court case represented a full vindication of Mr Bailey's good name.

"For the avoidance of any doubt the Law Society and Byron Wade accept that Mr Bailey is of sound mind and has never been diagnosed or certified with any mental illness whatsoever," it said.

Irish Independent

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