Thursday 14 December 2017

Student in YouTube wrangle hit with costs

Eoin McKeogh: hearing
Eoin McKeogh: hearing

Tim Healy

A STUDENT falsely accused of taxi fare evasion in a YouTube video must pay the legal costs of a two-day hearing in which he sought to prevent six newspapers from naming him.

Last year, Eoin McKeogh (22), a DCU student, sought to prevent the Irish Independent, 'Evening Herald', 'Irish Times', 'Irish Examiner', the 'Star' and 'Sunday Times' from naming him.

Mr Justice Michael Peart ruled that while Mr McKeogh was clearly not the person in the video, he refused his application to stop the newspapers naming him.

The issue of legal costs for the two days of the injunction hearing was adjourned until yesterday when the judge awarded the papers their costs.

The judge said he could see no special circumstances in this case whereby he should depart from the usual rule that costs follow the event.

He put a stay on enforcing the costs order until November 1.

Irish Independent

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