Daly v Irish Transport and General Workers' Union

JurisdictionIreland
Judgment Date01 January 1926
Docket Number(1923. No. 11,308.)
Date01 January 1926
CourtSupreme Court (Irish Free State)
S. C.,
Daly
and
Irish Transport and General Workers' Union and others

Libel - Innuendo - Plea of no libel - Whether innuendo covered.

In an action for libel, the plaintiff having set out the words complained of in a separate paragraph in his statement of claim, alleged in another paragraph that the words were meant and understood to bear the meanings attached to them in two separate innuendoes. The defences pleaded were: (1) a traverse of the publication; (2) a plea that in their ordinary and natural meaning the words complained of were true in substance and in fact; (3) a traverse of the innuendoes; (4) a plea of fair comment confined to the words complained of in their ordinary and natural meaning; (5) that the words complained of were no libel. At the trial specific questions were put by the learned Judge to the jury on the issues of publication, justification, the two separate innuendoes, and fair comment followed by the question: "Were the said words or any of them a libel on the plaintiff?" The jury found for the plaintiff on the publication and one of the innuendoes, for the defendants on the plea...

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