Just to recap some advice given on the show this morning where you want to sue someone slagging your ex off or something else along those lines. First thing to remember is Tort and Slander are gone and we just have the tort of Defamation now under the Defamation Act 2009. There are 2 big defences : 1. The Defence of Truth and 2. The Defence of Honest Opinion. Additonally there is a mechanism called the Offer to Make Amends and Apology.
Big thing to remember is that the Statute of Limitations runs out after just one year. It can be extended to two but look out!
As regards Whistleblowing there is new legislation published on this and I will blog about this separately.
Shane Healy, Healy O’Connor Solicitors, Cork and Dublin.