The 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.


Symposium on Reform of Defamation Law (14 November 2019)

The following supplementary submissions were received after the symposium (closing date 30 January 2020).

Prof John Horgan

Office of the Press Ombudsman

Dialogue Ireland


Irish Council for Civil Liberties

Irish SME Association

McCann Fitzgerald - Supplementary Submission


Submissions made under the Public Consultation (closing date: 31 December 2016)

Automattic Inc

Bar Council

Business Journalists' Association

Christian Morris

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


Google Inc.

Hugh O'Driscoll

Independent News and Media

Irish Times



Joint Committee on Justice and Equality

Journal Media

Kieran Fitzpatrick

Law Society

Lee Crowley

Local Ireland

McCann FitzGerald


Michael Williams

Name and address redacted by request

Name and address redacted by request 2

National Union of Journalists

NewsBrands Ireland

Press Council

Public Relations Institute of Ireland

Ronan Daly Jermyn


Technology Ireland

William Fry

Yahoo Ireland


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