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Brothers win libel appeal against the 'Star Sunday'

TWO brothers have won their Supreme Court appeal against a jury's decision to dismiss their libel action against the 'Star Sunday' newspaper.

Alan and Wayne Bradley had claimed a two-page spread in the newspaper wrongly meant they were involved in serious organised criminality in Dublin. In February 2006 a jury at the High Court found they were not identified in an article on June 13, 2004.

They appealed that decision to the Supreme Court arguing it was "fundamentally unsatisfactory", and sought a new trial.

The newspaper, which claimed the brothers were not identified in the article and contended that they were not defamed, had opposed the appeal.

It argued that the jury's decision should stand.

It has since closed.

Alan (37), Churchfield, Kentstown, Co Meath, and Wayne (32),with an address at Cherryfield Lawn, Clonsilla, Dublin, had taken the High Court defamation action against Independent Star Ltd, Terenure Road North, Dublin.

Yesterday, a five-judge Supreme Court unanimously set aside the High Court verdict and ordered a retrial.

Irish Independent