Front page of the Irish Examiner on October 4, 2016 and former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan
The High Court has dismissed an application by former garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan for an order allowing her to bring a defamation action against the Irish Examiner newspaper.
Ms O’Sullivan, who served as commissioner between 2014 and 2017, had claimed she was defamed by the Cork-based Irish Examiner newspaper in an article that appeared on the front page of the publication on 4 October 2016 entitled “Senior Garda tried to ‘destroy’ source.”
The newspaper denied the article was defamatory.
…In a judgment today, Ms Justice Teresa Pilkington refused to grant Ms O’Sullivan an order allowing her to issue defamation proceedings outside the statutory limit of one year.
The Judge said that Ms O’Sullivan had said she did not bring the proceedings any earlier than she did because the former commissioner did not believe herself to be in a position to consider the matter from the date of publication until the conclusion of the Disclosures Tribunal.
Ms Justice Pilkington said that those reasons, while sincerely and genuinely held, are “insufficient to disapply the one-year statutory limit.