Wednesday 19 June 2019

'Irish Times' apologises to whistleblower McCabe

Maurice McCabe. Photo: Tony Gavin
Maurice McCabe. Photo: Tony Gavin

Tim Healy

'The Irish Times' has apologised before the High Court to Garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe under a settlement of defamation proceedings in relation to an article published about the woman known as 'Miss D'.

The apology also stated the newspaper had made "appropriate amends" to Sgt McCabe, who had sued over an article published in the newspaper on February 20, 2017.

Yesterday, Michael McDowell SC, for Sgt McCabe, who was not in court, told Mr Justice Bernard Barton the matter had been settled.

Counsel said that no order was required, except one for taxation of the plaintiff's costs, on the basis of an apology being read by Cian Ferriter SC, for 'The Irish Times'.

The apology stated: "On the 20th February 2017, 'The Irish Times' published an article in its print edition headed: 'Woman behind alleged complaint about McCabe wants her day before inquiry' and, in its online edition, headed: 'When Can I Get on With the Rest of my Life? - Woman at the centre of the McCabe case'."

It continued: "The Director of Public Prosecutions determined, after a careful and professional investigation, that no offence of any kind had been disclosed against Sgt McCabe and that there was no basis in fact or in law for any prosecution.

"Contrary to what was suggested in the articles, the Director of Public Prosecutions did not base his direction on 'insufficient evidence'."

The apology also stated: "'The Irish Times' fully accepts the DPP's determination and it was never intended for the article to suggest otherwise.

"'The Irish Times' wishes to apologise to Sgt Maurice McCabe and his wife and family for the great hurt and damage caused to them by the publication of this article, and has made appropriate amends to Sgt McCabe."

The judge agreed to make the order sought.

Irish Independent

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