Saturday 18 November 2017

Verdict expected today in Davison libel case

Tim Healy

Former Miss World Rosanna Davison outside the High Court, Dublin, yesterday. Paddy Cummins / Collins

FORMER Miss World Rosanna Davison is expected to find out today if her High Court defamation action against Ryanair has succeeded or failed.

Closing speeches will begin this morning after trial Judge Mr Justice Eamon de Valera sent the jury home to allow legal submissions to be made in its absence.

Evidence in the case ended on Wednesday when the jury was told lawyers for both sides would be making submissions.

As those submissions continued yesterday, the judge excused the jury until today when closing speeches by each side, along with the judge's summing up, will take place.

The action arises out of a press release published on Ryanair's website on November 11, 2008, which Ms Davison says wrongly meant she was a racist, xenophobic and jealous.

Ryanair claims the release was fair comment in response to a matter of public interest.

The case continues.

Irish Independent

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