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Ticket row Chrisitian brother loses libel case

A Christian Brother told a ticket clerk he was "not f**king moving" after being refused a free train ticket, a court in the Republic of Ireland was told.

Judge Jacqueline Linnane dismissed a €38,000 damages claim by Br Malachy James Buckley for defamation, slander, false imprisonment and assault and battery.

Br Buckley (78), of De La Salle Monastery, Benevin Road, Dublin, was also ordered to pay the rail company's legal costs.

Br Buckley told the Circuit Civil Court in Dublin that in March 2009 he had presented a photocopy of his free travel pass to ticket clerk Adrienne Hyland at Heuston Station. He claimed Ms Hyland had stated "this is a counterfeit" . When he had presented his actual travel pass from his wallet she had said: "This is also counterfeit."

Br Buckley claimed the words, allegedly spoken in a crowded ticket hall, suggested he was dishonest and a thief. He told the court that he might have used "language" but did not remember.

Ms Hyland told the court that Br Buckley had been wearing normal clothes and she did not know he was "clergy". She added his pass was a black and white flimsy photocopy.

Br Buckley, she said, thumped the counter with his fists before security men eventually moved him aside. She said that he had not presented his actual pass.

She told the court that she suffered from Bell's Palsy which altered one's speech and the word "counterfeit" would be difficult for her to say. It was not in her vocabulary and she had not used the word. Judge Linnane, dismissing Br Buckley's claim, said she preferred Ms Hyland's account of events.

Source Irish Independent

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