Tralee’s husband, Eddie Barrett, refuses to comment on the impending Supreme Court actions taken against him by BBC high-profile broadcaster Stephen Nolan for Twitter posts that Nolan claims are defamatory.
When contacted by O Kerryman To comment on a series of tweets made by Mr. Barrett (60) v. Nolan who were reported in the Belfast-based ‘Sunday Life’ newspaper, Mr. Barrett declined to comment.
He alleges that he caused a crime to Mr. Nolan and is being prosecuted for serious damages.
Nolan, whose abrasive style has a large following from fans across the north due to his prime-time radio and television programs, received a six-figure deal for online abuse earlier this year when he was represented by senior lawyer defamation and media profile, Paul Tweed.
Tweed, who also represents Northern Health Minister Robin Swann, in his action on comments made about him by singer Van Morrison, confirmed that lawsuits have been filed against Barrett, but as the matter is active, he declined to comment further.
Barrett has been a supporter and activist of the Sinn Féin Party in Kerry for more than 50 years.
He is being accused of promoting online “hate, violence and intolerance” in his tweets to Mr Nolan.
As reported, Barrett tweeted that Nolan is a “hate salesman” and a “fanatical hate spreader” who promotes loyal terrorism through his media work.
Barrett even compared Mr. Nolan to Nazi Party propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.
Other tweets Barrett addressed to Mr Nolan include the accusation of “loyal thugs” wishing to return to the times when Irish nationalists were “under your heels”.
Mr Barrett is supposed to have tweeted: “But the days of your loyal thugs are really over and even Goebbels as the propagandist Stephen Nolan is drying up … The unification of Ireland is coming.
Barrett also tweeted that Nolan should be fired by the BCC.
The Sunday Life newspaper claims he contacted Barrett in the summer over defamation charges against Nolan. However, Barrett denied this saying he resented the inference “deeply”.
This was stated by a member of the Kerry Sinn Féin Party O Kerryman that the comments of Mr. Barrett were made private and the party distanced itself from his views.
“Eddie was tweeting privately and it’s his personal opinions. What Eddie says on Twitter is his own business. It has nothing to do with the Sinn Féin Party in Kerry,” a party member said.
Barrett has been a prominent entrepreneur at Tralee for many years, even in his role with Norths Auctioneers Real Estate Co. Ltd.
He is a firm nationalist and Republican, and former president of the Austin Stacks GAA Club in Tralee.