Saturday 20 January 2018

No action against college staff in email libel case

THE Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) has insisted there will be no disciplinary action taken against two senior academics who circulated defamatory comments about a lecturer, writes Brian McDonald.

The college and its head of School of Business, Larry Elwood, along with his deputy, Deirdre Lusby were sued by lecturer in International Marketing, Terry Casey in the first email libel case in the High Court.

Mr Casey of Barna, Galway, took the action after an email attachment was circulated by Mr Elwood and Ms Lusby to 47 other GMIT staff members in January 2005.

Following a settlement of his action at the High Court in Dublin last week an apology was read on behalf of the defendants. They also agreed to pay his damages and costs.

In a statement yesterday GMIT said the defamatory comments were not written by the defendants, but were contained in a third party document circulated "in error".

The statement added: "GMIT wishes to make it clear that there is no question of any disciplinary action arising against either Larry Elwood or Deirdre Lusby".

Irish Independent

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