Brady v"Clonmel Chronicle" Newspaper & Printing Works Ltd

Judgment Date13 January 1926
Date13 January 1926
Docket Number(1925. No. 14,950.)
CourtSupreme Court (Irish Free State)
S. C.,
"Clonmel Chronicle"

Amount of claim not stated - Action commenced in High Court - Transferred to Circuit Court -Action for libel - No specific sum claimed in writ - Plaintiff willing of accept apology and payment of £50 to a charity - Courts of Justice Act, 1924 (No. 10 of 1924), s. 25.

The plaintiff, a member of several local authorities, issued a writ against the defendants, newspaper proprietors, claiming damages for libel, without specifying any amount. The libel complained of was contained in an anonymous letter published by the defendants in their newspaper. It was alleged by the plaintiff that the publication accused him, as a public representative, of having taken the course which he had adopted as part of a wilfully malicious and corrupt scheme to destroy the means of livelihood of another person. He was willing to accept an unconditional apology and the payment of the sum of £50 to a local charity. The defendants declined to comply with these terms. A motion to transfer the action to the Circuit Court having-been granted by O'Shaughnessy, J., the plaintiff appealed:—Held by the Supreme Court (affirming O'Shaughnessy, J.), that the action ought to be transferred, as the plaintiff did not...

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