24 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A CASTLEBLAYNEY MAN who posted a notice on Facebook in which he had alleged that a director of a national game shooting body had caused the organisation to go “broke” has been ordered to pay €75,000 in damages, in a civil case heard in his absence at Monaghan Circuit Court on Tuesday.

In making the finding and awarding the maximum allowable damages against Mr John Gilsenan, with an address at Grigg, Doohamlet, Castleblayney, Judge John O’Hagan remarked that his order should teach people posting messages on the social media site to be “very careful”

Desmond Crofton (63), of Cedarwood House, Stonestown, Co Offaly had taken a civil action against Mr Gilsenan in relation to a Faceboook comment posted on or about 22nd December 2015.

The allegedly defamatory FB statement attributed to Mr Gilsenan had read, “Des and his/our solicitor have broke the NARGC wake up members,” according to affidavits before the court.

Mr Crofton stated that he was the National Director of the National Association of Regional Game Councils (NARGC), an organisation that represents the interests of game shooting clubs. He had been employed by NARGC for 25 years, he told his barrister.

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