Payout for man pictured as hypothermia victim

A Dublin man who was pictured in a newspaper as a fatal victim of hypothermia yesterday settled, for an undisclosed sum, a €38,000 damages claim in the Circuit Civil Court.

HSE healthcare worker Joseph Dermody claimed he had been deeply embarrassed after the Irish Daily Star published his picture to illustrate articles published in January 2013 about John Glennon and Deborah McEvoy, who had died in an unheated apartment on Prussia St, Dublin.

Mr Dermody, who lived in the area, claimed the picture, wrongly depicting him as being Mr Glennon, had been unlawfully obtained from CCTV footage of him in an Xtravision shop.

Mr Dermody, of Charle-ville Rd, Phibsborough, Dublin, sued the newspaper for negligence and breach of privacy, including breach of data protection laws.

The newspaper said the article had been published in good faith.

Barrister John Smith, counsel for Mr Dermody, told Circuit Court President Mr Justice Raymond Groarke that following talks between the parties, the case had been settled and could be struck out with an order for Mr Dermody’s costs.


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