Court dismisses former Garda Commissioner’s application to bring defamation action against Irish Examiner
defamation action against Irish Examiner
An application by former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan for an order allowing her to bring a defamation action against the Irish Examiner.
Has been dismissed by the High Court.
Ms O’Sullivan, who served as Commissioner between 2014 and 2017.
Had claimed she was defamed by the Irish Examiner in an article that appeared on the front page of the publication on October 4, 2016, entitled:
“Senior Garda tried to ‘destroy’ source.”
The Irish Examiner denied the article was defamatory.
In September, Ms O’Sullivan applied to the High Court for an order permitting her to extend the time legally allowed.
To bring defamation proceedings against the Irish Examiner.
Under the 2009 Defamation Act.
Litigants have up to 12 months from the date of publication to bring defamation proceedings against the publisher.
However, under Section 38 of that Act, the High Court can extend the 12-month time limit to a maximum of two years.
The newspaper opposed the application for a time extension.
Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington today refused to grant Ms O’Sullivan an order allowing her to issue defamation proceedings outside the statutory limit of one year.