A BUSINESSMAN who was falsely referred to as a convicted drugs dealer in newspaper reports about the funeral of RTE broadcaster Gerry Ryan has received a High Court apology.
Associated Newspapers (Irl) Ltd, publishers of the 'Mail' titles, unreservedly apologised to Aidan Cosgrave for the injury to his reputation and for the distress and embarrassment caused to him.
Mr Cosgrave (55), of Londonbridge Road, Sandymount, Dublin, took the action after the 'Irish Mail on Sunday' and 'Irish Daily Mail' published reports on December 12 and 13, 2010, about the funeral of the RTE broadcaster.
One of the reports was headed: "Convicted drugs dealer was at Gerry's funeral." The articles were published in the context of the controversy surrounding the findings of the inquest into the death of Mr Ryan, who died on April 30, 2010. When the case was called yesterday, Mr Cosgrave's counsel Frank Callinan told the judge it had been resolved and an apology from Associated Newspapers was to be read in court.
The apology stated: "Mr Cosgrave is not a convicted drug dealer and has never dealt in drugs. We unreservedly apologise to Mr Cosgrave for the injury to his reputation and for the distress and embarrassment caused to him."
Mr Justice de Valera was told the case could be struck out.