From top: Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, Paula Mullooly, Head of Legal Affairs RTÉ; Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney

This morning.

Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan speaking at the Reform of Defamation Law Symposium.

Mr Flanagan told the symposium.:

“Defamation law in Ireland essentially seeks to balance three different rights which are protected under both our Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights – the right to freedom of expression, the right to protection of good name and reputation, and the right of access to justice.

We might perhaps add a value: that of promoting the importance of truth in public comment and debate, as far as that is reasonably possible, while also recognising and remembering the vital role in a democracy played by an independent media.

I expect the defamation review to be completed shortly, with options for reform presented before end of March 2020.”

Minister pledges to reform defamation law in 2020 (Law Society Gazette)

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