FORMER minister Frank Fahey has received an apology and €100,000 over allegations against him in a series of articles published by Associated Newspapers.
Mr Fahey sued over seven articles in the 'Irish Daily Mail' and 'Irish Mail on Sunday' relating to allegations and references to the former Galway West TD and Minister for Marine and Natural Resources.
In the apology read by a barrister, it stated that an article in the 'Irish Daily Mail' on June 29, 2006, wrongly reported that Mr Fahey was accused in the Dail of having been involved in tax evasion in his property dealings.
The paper fully accepted he had not evaded tax on his property dealings or otherwise.
In other articles in the Sunday paper published in 2006 and 2007, it was alleged that Mr Fahey showed favouritism in relation to the administration and implementation of the 'Lost at Sea Scheme' (set up by the Department of Marine to compensate fishermen whose vessels had been lost at sea).
The paper acknowledged the scheme did not provide financial support to the successful applicants and the replacement gross tonnage could not be sold or otherwise traded.
The apology added: "We unreservedly apologise to Mr Fahey for any distress or embarrassment caused."