What is defamation the law of defamation in ireland is governed by the constitution common law and the defamation act 2009 that act repeals the defamation act 1961 which was in force until the first day of 2010 the defamation act 2009 now governs all claims of defamation arising since the commencement of the new legislation. Defamation law in ireland a ccording to the courts service annual report there were 287 new defamation cases in the high court and circuit court in 2017 compared with 206 in 2016 defamation is one of the most serious dangers facing journalists and publishers today eighty per cent of all defamation actions are brought against the media and a libel action can bankrupt a small newspaper . The legal system of ireland grew out of the common law system of english law and so irish jurisprudence on blasphemy largely reflected that of england the common law offence of blasphemous libel applied only to christianity blasphemy could be committed by written or spoken words by pictures or gestures. An act to revise in part the law of defamation to repeal the defamation act 1961 and to provide for matters connected therewith 23rd july 2009 be it enacted by the oireachtas as follows. Ireland has traditionally defined defamation as the publishing false statements that cause ridicule or contempt to a persons or business reputation most laymen understand defamation as a statement that besmirches ones good name irelands constitution protects the right to ones good name irelands defamation act of 2009 replacing a 1960s law the defamation act of
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