Law Society apologises to man after article calls him ‘certified insane’

Jim Bailey leaves the Four Courts yesterday.

The Law Society has apologised in the High Court to a Kerry carpenter over an article which incorrectly stated that he had been certified insane.

The apology was read out in court as part of James Bailey’s settlement of his action for defamation over the publication of the article in the Law Society Gazette in November 2006.

Mr Bailey, of Ardcanaught, Castelmaine, Co Kerry, had sued the Law Society of Ireland and the barrister who wrote the article, Byron Wade BL.

Yesterday, in the High Court, Mr Justice John Hedigan was told the case had been settled and an apology was read to the court on behalf of the Law Society and Mr Wade.

The article in the Law Society Gazette referred to Circuit Court proceedings in 2005, in which Mr Bailey had taken a case in an effort to obtain access to his own medical records.

The article about Mr Bailey’s case was titled ‘The shrink, the chippy, his wife and her doctor’ and it was claimed it also contained sub-headings of movie titles which concerned characters with various types of mental health illness such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Mr Bailey claimed the entire article meant he had been certified a lunatic.


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