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Director defamed on Facebook, court rules

The director of a company operating a Co Dublin quarry has obtained a High Court injunction directing a Co Leitrim man to take down defamatory remarks about him on a Facebook page.

Barrister Karl Sweeney told Mr Justice Brian Cregan that the defamatory statement had been posted by Conor Judge of Shanraw, Keshcarrigan, Co Leitrim, in July last.

Mr Sweeney said that complainant Michael English, of Shannon Valley Plant Hire, of Turvey Lane, Roseville, Donabate, Co Dublin, had been heavily involved in the operation of a Rathcoole, Co Dublin quarry.

The court heard Mr Judge was currently in dispute with the owners of the quarry over the sale of a digger five years ago which Mr Judge claimed had not been paid for.

Mr Sweeney said Mr Judge now apparently believed his client Mr English was responsible for debts in connection with the Rathcoole quarry which was owned by a third party and which was not the case.

English, in an affidavit, said allegations about his dealings had appeared in a defamatory advertisement which had been placed on the Irish website www.donedeal.ie, seeking information regarding the whereabouts of what was described as stolen machinery.


Mr Sweeney said Mr English had succeeded in having this removed by contacting Donedeal but Mr Judge had posted the defamatory remarks on his Facebook page, "Connor Mac An Bretheamh".

Judge Cregan said the remarks on the Facebook page were clearly defamatory and he directed that they be removed. He put the proceedings in for further consideration on Friday.