Tuesday 24 April 2018

AGSI former President and General Secretary settle defamation action

Willie Gleeson (left) and John Redmond took legal action
Willie Gleeson (left) and John Redmond took legal action

Tim Healy

The former President, and the General Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors, have settled their defamation actions against the publisher of the Irish Mail on Sunday on terms including an apology read to the High Court.

In that apology, Associated Newspapers said it accepted an "untrue" report was published in the Irish Mail on Sunday on February 24th 2013 that then AGSI President Wilie Gleeson and AGSI General Secretary John Redmond had travelled together on a golfing trip to Spain and were therefore unable to attend a meeting requested by the Garda Commissioner.

"Neither men play golf and were not on such a trip; nor did they miss such a meeting," the apology stated.

"We accept that both men are hardworking and respected members of AGSI and we are happy to make this clear and apologise to them both."

The apology was read to the court by Eoin McCullough SC, for Associated Newspapers, under the settlements of the separate defamation actions issued by both men.

Hugh Mohan SC, representing Mr Gleeson, said the action could be struck out with an order for costs in the plaintiffs favour. Jim O'Callaghan SC, with Hugh O'Flaherty BL, represented Mr Redmond. Mr Justice John Hedigan made those orders.

In their actions, both men had claimed damages, including aggravated and/or exemplary damages arising from publication of the article on the front page of the Irish Mail on Sunday of February 24th 2013.

It was headlined: "GARDA UNION CHIEFS SKIP PROTEST FOR GOLF IN SPAIN" and continued on page four of the newspaper.

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