Harney begins libel case over radio claims
HEALTH Minister Mary Harney has begun libel action in the High Court against a national radio station.
The defamation case centres on claims made by journalist Nell McCafferty during an interview on Newstalk last week.
A spokesman for Ms Harney last night confirmed she had commenced the libel action.
The station has issued two apologies to the minister since last Thursday's broadcast, saying the comments were "untrue and were known to be without truth when they were broadcast".
"The interview should never have been broadcast and the fact that these allegations were made represents an abject failure on the part of Newstalk to meet basic standards of common decency," Newstalk said in a statement last week.
"Newstalk apologises without reservation to Mary Harney. Newstalk deeply regrets the fact that these allegations were made and accepts that these untruthful statements were deeply hurtful to Mary Harney and her family."