The Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality is reviewing the operation of the Defamation Act 2009, following section 5 of that Act.

 

The aim of this review is:

- to promote an exchange of views and experiences regarding the operation in practice of the changes made by the 2009 Act,

- to review recent reforms of defamation law in other relevant jurisdictions,

- to examine whether Irish defamation law, and in particular the Defamation Act 2009, remains appropriate and effective for securing its objectives: including in the light of any relevant developments since 2009,

- to explore and weigh the arguments (and evidence) for and against any proposed changes in Irish defamation law intended to better respond to its objectives, and

- to publish the outcomes of the review, with recommendations on appropriate follow-up measures.

 

The Department of Justice and Equality has invited contributions from members of the public to inform this review.

 

Closing Date for submissions: 31st December 2016, which was extended at the request of a number of stakeholders.

 

The documents below include submissions to the consultation with further submissions to be uploaded in due course.

 

Submissions:

Automattic Inc

Bar Council

Business Journalists' Association

Crowley Millar

David Reynolds

DCU Socio Legal Research Centre 2009

Denis Daly

Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment

DIT Department of Journalism

Dr. Tarlach McGonagle

Eoin O'Dell

FLAC

Google Inc.

Hugh O'Driscoll

Independent News and Media

Irish Times

ISPCC

Johnsons

Joint Committee on Justice and Equality

Journal Media

Kieran Fitzpatrick

Law Society

Local Ireland

McCann FitzGerald

MGN Ltd

Michael Williams

National Union of Journalists

NewsBrands Ireland

Press Council

Public Relations Institute of Ireland

Ronan Daly Jermyn

RTÉ

Technology Ireland

William Fry

Yahoo Ireland

 

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