Saturday 18 November 2017

Registrar says sorry for allegedly defaming solicitor

Ray Managh

A COUNTY Registrar has apologised in court to a solicitor for things she allegedly said about him at the senior schools rugby cup final two years ago.

Mary Delahanty, of Abbeyfield, Milltown, Dublin, was sued in Dublin Circuit Civil Court for €50,000 damages for defamation by Maynooth solicitor Damien Maguire.

It was alleged that on St Patrick's Day, 2011, Wicklow County Registrar Ms Delahanty, approached Mr Maguire "in a hostile and aggressive manner" and said: "You are the most useless solicitor. You have destroyed your client. He will be left with nothing."

Mr Maguire, of Dunboyne Road, Maynooth, Co Kildare, said he was in the company of a client at the time.

Yesterday, Michael G MacGrath, for Ms Delahanty, told Judge Jacqueline Linnane that the matter had been resolved following talks that lasted almost 90 minutes.

He asked the court to note that Ms Delahanty had made an apology to Mr Maguire in terms that were confidential between the parties.

Mr MacGrath said he would be handing written terms in to court and asked Judge Linnane to read them before handing them back to the parties concerned.

Barrister Justin McQuade, for Mr Maguire, had earlier opened the proceedings by saying the claim involved damages for defamation arising out of an incident on March 17, 2011.

The judge asked if some effort had been made to resolve the matter, and said she would allow 10 minutes in relation to this.

The court adjourned at 10.32am and resumed at 11.45am when Mr McQuade said the matter had been resolved and Mr MacGrath was going to address the court.

No public reference was made as to any financial settlement. Mr MacGrath said the only order required was to strike out the proceedings.

Irish Independent

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