Man ordered to pay €75k damages for Facebook 'defamation'

The Judge said he wanted to "teach people posting messages on the social media site to be very careful"

Judge John O'Hagan awarded the maximum allowable damages against John Gilsenan after he posted an allegedly defamatory post on Facebook about the national director of the game shooting body. 

Desmond Crofton took a civil case against Gilsenan in relation to a post published on Facebook on or around December 22, 2015. The court heard the post on Facebook suggested Mr. Crofton had caused the National Regtional Game Council to "go broke".

Mr. Crofton told the court how the Facebook comment caused questions to be asked by members about the organisation's financial situation and legal costs. This lead to a confrontation and his suspension on full pay by the body.

He said there was no truth in the claim posted by Gilsenan as the organisation was completely solvent at the time. Judge O'Hagan granted the award of €75,000 damages with costs.

In awarding the maximum allowable damages against John Gilsenan, Judge John O'Hagan said his order should "teach people posting messages on the social media site to be very careful".