Radio station apologises over false allegations
A RADIO station has apologised in the High Court to two retired garda sergeants over false allegations made by a contributor on one of its shows.
County Tipperary Radio Ltd, trading as Tipp FM, has also agreed to pay damages to Sean Sherlock and Tony Quinn, both formerly stationed in Thurles, arising out of defamatory comments made about them by a contributor to one of its programmes on December 5, 2008.
John Trainor SC, for the retired sergeants, told Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne yesterday the case had been settled on the basis of the apology to be read in court.
In it, Tipp FM said that during the course of the broadcast, the contributor made statements to the effect that the sergeants had perjured themselves in High Court proceedings concerning the contributor and that they had been guilty of misconduct.
Tipp FM acknowledged these allegations were wholly wrong, groundless, defamatory and ought not to have been broadcast.
The station acknowledged the sergeants were people of the highest calibre and reputation and had at all times served the community in the highest traditions of the garda.
It also acknowledged the statements caused serious personal and professional damage to their reputations as well as causing them considerable distress.
As well as a payment to them of damages, the station had agreed to discharge their legal costs.
The judge struck out the action.