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High Court found Independent Newspapers in contempt over part of its coverage of the Anglo Tapes

Tim Healy

Published 24/04/2015 | 17:34

Dublin's Four Courts
Dublin's Four Courts

THE High Court has found Independent Newspapers in contempt over part of its coverage of the Anglo Tapes.

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Ms Justice O'Malley said however no details of her order can be published at this stage.

Independent News and Media counsel Shane English asked the judge not to permit publication of a summary of her judgment until he made submissions on the matter.   Paul O'Higgins SC, for the DPP, did not object.

The judge agreed to do so but said the fact that the DPP's application was successful could be published.

She adjourned the matter for three weeks.

The DPP claimed the publication of material on the Anglo Tapes was calculated to interfere with the criminal trial process in relation to events at the former Anglo Irish Bank.  An injunction had also been sought preventing further publication.

The Independent denied the claims but agreed to remove from its website extracts of the tapes without prejudice to the newspaper's position in relation to the case taken by the DPP.

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