JOURNALIST Gemma O'Doherty has settled her High Court defamation action against her former employer Independent Newspapers.
She had brought defamation proceedings against Independent Newspapers Ltd and Stephen Rae, Editor in Chief at INM.
A statement was read to the court by counsel Ray Ryan. It said: "Independent Newspapers wish to acknowledge the exceptional work of multi-award winning investigative journalist Gemma O'Doherty for the Irish Independent during the course of a lengthy career.
"Independent Newspapers accept that Gemma O'Doherty has acted at all times in a professional and diligent manner and in the best interests of Independent Newspapers.
"Independent Newspapers unreservedly apologise to Ms O'Doherty for the stress and hardship caused to her and her husband as a result of its actions. Independent Newspapers have agreed to pay Ms O'Doherty undisclosed damages and to indemnify her in relation to her legal costs."