UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has taken his pugnacious presence into the Irish courts. He and his partner Deirdre Devlin filed a breach of privacy against Ireland’s Sunday World, because the paper posted a photo online of his new home and luxury vehicles in Kildare, Ireland.
A report by Sunday World features McGregor’s €2million (about $2,200,000) mansion as well as eight luxury cars in the garage and estimated prices for each.
According to Irish Times, McGregor’s case is interesting as it is an issue between the right to privacy of people but also a case of public interest in having free press especially that his popularity is increasing after his win on getting the Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight title.
In his lawsuit, McGregor asserted that “celebrities have rights too” and the fact that what might be of interest to the public is not the same as what is in the public interest. Moreover, breach of privacy cases are usually accompanied with application for superinjunctions which aims to keep an article from being published.
But in McGregor’s case, their aim could be to take down the report as it has already been posted in the internet. Associate professor from Trinity College Dublin Eoin O’Dell also stated that the court looks into whether the reporters were also sought by the public figure to do the report and takes it into consideration when weighing the public interest not to mention, privacy interest of the parties involved