Friday 22 February 2019

Monica Leech defamation action against Irish Independent settled

The High Court, Dublin
The High Court, Dublin

Tim Healy

A defamation action by public relations consultant, Monica Leech, over a December 2004 article in the Irish Independent about an RTE Liveline programme has been settled.

Ms Leech sued Independent Newspapers over the article which was published following the Liveline programme on December 16, 2004.

The case went to trial in June 2007 when a jury rejected the meanings attributed to the article by Ms Leech.

She appealed and in December 2014, the Supreme Court allowed the appeal.  

The case was sent back to the High Court for re-hearing.

The case was listed next week during this law term's jury sessions.

On Tuesday, Frank Callanan SC, for Ms Leech, told Mr Justice Bernard Barton the case had been settled with an agreed form or order to deal with costs, in favour of his client, for the present trial and the previous trial.

Cian Ferritter SC, for Independent Newspapers said the costs are to be taxed in default of agreement. 

The case had been remitted back to the High Court by the Supreme Court, he said.

Mr Justice Barton struck out the action.

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