Wednesday 21 February 2018

Playwright given €75k in damages

Dr Bisi Adigun at the High Court yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts
Dr Bisi Adigun at the High Court yesterday. Photo: Collins Courts

Tim Healy

A PLAYWRIGHT and university lecturer has been awarded €75,000 for defamation over an article published in the now defunct 'Sunday Tribune'.

Dr Bisi Adigun, a Nigerian native who has lived and worked in Ireland for many years, sued Tribune Newspapers PLC (in receivership) arising out of the article on September 21, 2008.

The article dealt with a dispute involving Dr Adigun, novelist Roddy Doyle, the Abbey Theatre and producer Jimmy Fay arising out of the staging of a modern version of the 'Playboy of the Western World', co-written by Mr Adigun and Mr Doyle.

In it, the play's main character, playboy Christy Mahon, is a Nigerian asylum seeker.

Dr Adigun, Roebuck Park, Goatstown, Dublin, said the newspaper damaged his reputation and made him out to be a liar. His reputation and the goodwill he enjoyed within the world of Irish theatre was particularly damaged, he said.

Yesterday, Ms Justice Marie Baker ruled he was entitled to €75,000 in damages.

The newspaper was not represented at the hearing. It entered receivership in February 2011 after which it ceased to publish.

Afterwards, Dr Adigun said he was "happy and grateful" that "his good name had been vindicated." He hoped he could now "move on", he said.

Irish Independent

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