Monday 20 November 2017

Lucinda Creighton faces defamation case next month

AN action by a developer alleging he was defamed by Minister of State Lucinda Creighton has been listed for hearing at the High Court next month.

The proceedings by Cork developer Micheal O'Flynn arise from a speech by Ms Creighton, entitled "Standards in Public Life and Accountability", to the MacGill Summer School in Co Donegal.

Mr O'Flynn, founder of O'Flynn Construction, alleges he was defamed in that speech of July 20, 2010, and in a follow-up interview with Ms Creighton broadcast on RTE Radio's News At One the same day. He also alleges defamation against Ms Creighton in a follow-up Irish Times article on July 24, 2010.

Ms Creighton, Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East and Minister of State for European Affairs, has denied defamation.

The case has been listed for hearing on November 9 before a High Court judge and a jury and is expected to run for four days.

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