Apology to Frank Fahey
FORMER Junior Minister Frank Fahey yesterday received a High Court apology about an Irish Independent article published four years ago, in which an untrue statement was made about his property interests.
Mr Fahey had sued the paper and the author of the article, Tom Lyons, for libel.
In the apology read to the court yesterday, it was stated the paper published, in an article on April 18, 2006, that Mr Fahey, then Minister of State at the Department of Justice, had failed to declare an interest in property in the USA.
The article alleged Mr Fahey had thereby failed to comply with his obligations under the Standards in Public Office Act. It further stated that Mr Fahey had denied he had an interest in the property.
The newspaper and Tom Lyons acknowledged these statements were untrue and caused Mr Fahey great distress, the apology said. The defendants apologised to Mr Fahey, the court heard.
Mr Justice Eamon de Valera struck out the matter with no order as to costs.
In a statement afterwards Mr Fahey said he was glad the matter was now closed. "It has been a distressing time for me and my family. I am very satisfied with the outcome of this case," he said.