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Tuesday 21 January 2020

RTÉ apologises to Myers on air for defamation


Kevin Myers
Kevin Myers

Allison Bray

RTÉ has issued an on-air apology to journalist Kevin Myers as part of an out-of-court settlement reached between him and the State broadcaster.

Mr Myers sued RTÉ after it described him as a 'Holocaust denier' during a broadcast on 'Morning Ireland' in July 2017. As part of the undisclosed settlement, newsreader Bryan Dobson read out the apology on the show.

"'Morning Ireland' introduced an item that suggested that Kevin Myers was a Holocaust denier. This was untrue and defamatory of Mr Myers's character," it said.

"'Morning Ireland' acknowledges that Mr Myers has, for over three decades, repeatedly testified to the scale and wickedness of Hitler's Final Solution. 'Morning Ireland' acknowledges the damage done to Mr Myers's reputation. We regret this and unreservedly apologise."

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A statement from Mr Myers's solicitor said: "This broadcast resulted in an action for defamation against RTÉ which has now been settled.

"This settlement includes a broadcast apology, an acknowledgment of factual errors that resulted in reputational harm to Mr Myers, the payment of damages and his legal costs."

Mr Myers declined to comment, as did RTÉ.

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