A Co Fermanagh dog breeder is to be awarded undisclosed damages over false claims on Facebook about his business, the High Court has heard.
a public apology was also issued to Gerry Smyth as part of the settlement reached in his libel action against James McCurry.
Mr Smyth, who runs the Ulster Dog Breeding Academy, took legal action over a social media post in January last year.
In court on Friday, it was announced that the proceedings had been resolved, with a statement read by the lawyer on behalf of Mr McCurry.
Michael Bready confirmed that the Facebook post made by his client contained “false and incorrect statements regarding (Mr. Smyth’s) dog breeding establishment”.
These claims were categorically false and baseless, they were accepted.
The lawyer said: “Mr. McCurry further acknowledges that Mr Smyth, owner of Ulster Dog Breeding Academy, operates a fully licensed and registered dog breeding establishment which is regulated by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, and which receives regular unannounced inspections from veterinarians and the county council. »
Mr Bready added: “Mr. McCurry sincerely apologizes to Mr. Smyth for any damage and distress caused to him and his family, and as a sign of regret has agreed to pay damages in an undisclosed amount to Mr. Smyth, as well than payment of his full legal fees.”
Outside of court, the dog breeder was pleased with the outcome of his defamation suit.
“I am very satisfied with this categorical and complete vindication of my professional and personal reputation,” he said.
Mr Smyth’s solicitor, Rory Lynch of Gately Tweed, said: “We are delighted that the good reputation of our client and his business has been fully vindicated.