Friday 24 February 2017

Defamation action over Prime Time is settled

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

RTE HAS settled a defamation action taken by a woman over a 'Prime Time' investigation into social welfare fraud.

The state broadcaster settled the action after it read out an agreed statement before Judge Patrick Moran in Cork Circuit Civil Court and will now pay the plaintiff's legal costs.

The statement was described as a clarification and not an apology.

Mary Philomena Porter, pictured, of Midleton, Co Cork, took her action arising from an RTE 'Prime Time Investigates' programme broadcast three years ago.

The state broadcaster acknowledged the plaintiff's good reputation.

"RTE is happy to state that it did not suggest nor does it suggest that Mary Philomena Porter was a participant in or guilty of that fraud or any fraud and RTE is happy to acknowledge her good reputation in her community," counsel for RTE said.

The settlement came exactly one year after RTE settled a defamation action taken by Fr Kevin Reynolds (65) over false allegations that he had fathered a child in Kenya.

Irish Independent

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