Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 9:25 PM
Subject: Fw: Defamation of character
Dear Mr Geraghty,
I need some professional legal advice
regarding the "defamation of character" matter I have attempted to
outline in the e-mail immediately below to Mr Ciaran Mc Lochlainn (Sent:
Tuesday, April 06, 2004 8:28 PM).
Initially at least, it would be much
appreciated if you could just let me have some brief guidance by e-mail
please. If appropriate, I could then perhaps go on to make an
appointment to call and see you at your office.
Also, I would like to take this opportunity
to point out that there is some unfinished business (as I see it)
regarding an arrest warrant you were involved in which was issued on my
account in the early part of October 2002. For a variety of reasons, I
would now like to try and tidy up that particular matter as well
please. I have been meaning to contact you about this for some time
now; but, I have had to keep putting it off because of distractions
caused by events which are indirectly related to the arrest warrant in
I look forward to hearing from you.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, April 06, 2004 8:28 PM
Subject: Defamation of character
I have now looked up some legal reference
books regarding the contents of the very abusive e-mail you copied to me
yesterday (Sent: Monday, April 05, 2004 4:41 PM) which is reproduced
On Page 208 of "Principles of Irish Law" by
barrister Brian Doolan I have - among other things - come across the
"Defamation is the publication of a false statement which discredits
another by lowering the estimation in which that person stands in the
opinion of right-minded members of the community, or tends to hold that
person up to hatred, ridicule, or contempt, or causes that person to be
shunned or avoided by right-thinking members of society."
Please note that to the very best of my
knowledge, there is nothing whatsoever in any of my medical records to
suggest that I suffer (or ever have suffered) from the mental disorder
known as paranoia. Consequently, I regard the "paranoid rants" statement you
made in your e-mail of yesterday as false. There are several other
statements in your e-mail of yesterday which I also regard as false. In
fact, I pretty much regard the whole of your e-mail of yesterday as
little better than a complete bundle of falsehoods.
All things considered, and not least the
fact that you copied the e-mail in question to several people (as can
very clearly be seen below), I have now decided to seek legal advice
from a professional lawyer: with a view to seeking damages from you for
defamation of character (in your capacity as the Secretary of the East
Galway Green Party).
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2004 9:19 PM
Subject: Ballinasloe rural area Green
Party election candidate for June 11th
> Dear Ciaran,
> Thank you for the comments you have made below.
> For now, I would just like to state that I am totally amazed by some of
> I hope I will be given the chance to reply to them a little more fully
> on when I have more time - hopefully within the coming 2 days or so.
> Best wishes,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ciaran Mac Lochlainn" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: "Una Ni Bhroin" <email@example.com>
> Cc: "Siobhan Nevin" <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
"William Finnerty" <email@example.com>;
> "Brendan Kelly" <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
> Sent: Monday, April 05, 2004 4:41 PM
> Subject: Re: local elections
> > A Chairde,
> > I think it's time to call a spade a spade. We've been patient, polite
> > and understanding with Billy and Brendan for far too long. I've tried
> > as hard as anyone to accomodate them, and all I've had in response has
> > been baseless accusations, bullying, paranoid rants and incessant
> > timewasting emails. There are no "shadowy puppet masters" trying to
> > prevent Billy being selected, only all the ordinary party members who
> > have simply had enough. The only reason nobody raised the issue
> > was because we try so hard to avoid confrontation. In my opinion,
> > appeased Billy and Brendan too much already.
> > Seven Reasons Not To Select Billy Finnerty
> > 1. Billy insulted Trevor Sargent and Colm O'Caomhanaigh - implied
> > that he might take part in a "cover up" of the alleged 50k bribe
> > in Kilconnell (9 Nov 2003)
> > 2. Billy insulted me personally and lied about his intentions - he
> > said that I broke an "agreement" reached in a meeting at the bar
> > at the convention. (13 Mar 2004) This was not a formal meeting,
> > was an informal discussion, i.e. a pub conversation. No notices
> > were sent out about this meeting and no minutes were taken.
> > Nobody there was entitled to represent anyone who was not there.
> > In this discussion, Billy said he would go forward as a paper
> > candidate if nobody else was available. I said I would start
> > Rule 12 selection process (which Dónal took on). Siobhán was
> > involved in this discussion as she was talking to Ann Marie
> > Flanagan the whole time. It would therefore be inaccurate to
> > that Siobhán supported Billy's candidacy. I also had
> > but I was happy at the time for Billy to be a paper candidate so
> > long as he remained on paper. Billy then decided to run a
> > substantial campaign, and when Una said she'd go forward, Billy
> > didn't step aside as he'd said he would.
> > 3. Brendan and Billy said that Úna would not be suitable to
> > them because she's from Ballinasloe town and would have an
> > interest in having a superdump opened elsewhere so that the town
> > dump near her would close. This shows a complete lack of
> > understanding of party policy on waste and is unfair and
> > insulting to her. Una decided not to contest the selection -
> > said she didn't want to "fight Billy" which suggests to me that
> > she may have felt intimidated by them. Brendan subsequently
> > that someone would have to lie down in front of the diggers and
> > Una would not be the right person for this. I should point out
> > (a) that candidates and elected reps don't have a monopoly on
> > direct action and (b) Una was in the Glen of the Downs. Enough
> > said.
> > 4. In Tuam last Monday, Billy implied that Mary White was either
> > lying or incompetent because she said she hadn't heard about the
> > alleged bribe in Kilconnell (29 Mar 2004). Why on earth should
> > she know about it?
> > 5. Brendan emailed Siobhan suggesting that she was blocking Billy's
> > candidacy because she saw him as a threat to her supposed career
> > ambitions. The only real threat is that he might make the party
> > (and Siobhán by extension) look stupid for selecting him to
> > represent us.
> > 6. His membership was lapsed until last January. In fact, he was
> > trying to set up another party (called The Celtic Party) in the
> > meantime. I understand he's also approached the Labour Party.
> > This is not the behaviour of someone who's committed to the
> > Party. He doesn't have a track record of engagement in the
> > party's campaigns or of contribution to the policy development
> > process. He doesn't appear to understand party policy on waste,
> > which he should know inside out if he's serious about being a
> > candidate.
> > 7. He and Brendan continue to promote the Samshire proposal, even
> > after Samshire has been caught exporting waste illegally (Irish
> > Times 11 Feb 2004). The Green Party cannot be seen to endorse
> > this company.
> > Basically, he's only back in the party a wet week and he's managed to
> > offend almost everyone he's met. I wouldn't be happy for him to
> > represent us on the doorsteps or in the media. As Secretary, I feel I
> > would be letting the group down if I stood by and let things get any
> > worse.
> > This matter will be decided democratically at a selection convention
> > unless Billy withdraws in advance.
> > All members in the East Galway constituency will be entitled to vote
> > secret ballot at the selection convention. I want to make it clear
> > I will be voting against Billy. I would rather have no Green
> > on the ballot than someone who is so clearly unsuitable.
> > Ciarán Mac Lochlainn
> > Secretary East Galway Greens