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Gallagher pursues RTE case in High Court

FORMER presidential candidate Sean Gallagher has brought a High Court action against RTE claiming a 'Frontline' debate was unfair and damaged his electoral chances.

The court heard yesterday that RTE has agreed to file a defence to the action by June 17 when the case will be mentioned again.

Mr Gallagher is seeking a declaration that the October 24, 2011, 'Frontline' debate was "unfair" and allegedly "seriously damaged his electoral prospects".

He is also seeking damages for alleged negligence and breach of duty.

Once RTE files its defence, Mr Gallagher's side will seek disclosure of all documents relating to the programme which was aired during the presidential race.

Mr Gallagher is also seeking exemplary damages arising out of alleged comments by Pat Kenny in relation to 'Tweetgate'.

RTE is expected to contest the case.

Irish Independent