Limerick solicitor Gerard O’Neill sued over comments in press releases by ISME about a personal injuries action
A solicitor who sued over defamatory comments made by the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises (ISME) Association has received an apology in the High Court as well as €75,000 in damages.
Limerick solicitor Gerard O’Neill sued over the comments in press releases by ISME about a personal injuries action in which he represented two people involved in a traffic accident. In a High Court judgment in 2019, a judge dismissed one of those claims as probably fraudulent and dismissed the other because the evidence was misleading and exaggerated. Arising out of that judgment, ISME issued three statements in 2019 – on September 23rd, December 11th and December 16th – which wrongly suggested Mr O’Neill had been guilty of professional misconduct. A complaint by ISME to the Law Society about him was rejected.
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