5.5.04

Irish politician settles libel suit

Leader of the Progressive Democrats Tanaiste Mary Harney has today settled her long-running libel case against the Sunday Independent. In an article appearing in January 2001, the paper had suggested Harney received 'payments of a corrupt nature' in relation to property development.

In a brief hearing at the High Court in Dublin, Independent Newspapers (who own the Sunday Independent) confirmed that they had reached a settlement with Harney. In addition to libel damages the paper promised to print a full apology in its next edition.

Full report from Ireland Online

Impact of this and other cases on Irish libel laws HERE
Reynolds v Times Newspapers

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