Newspaper bosses are left smarting after libel action
'DO unto others as you would have them do unto you', the old motto goes. For those over in Ballsbridge, that phrase means more now than ever.
Associated Newspapers, publisher of the Irish Mail on Sunday and Irish Daily Mail, are to pay €225,000 in damages and costs to former Smart Telecom chief Oisin Fanning after he won his libel action last week. Fanning got €100k and his lawyers took €125k.
The paper, which has long delighted in the libel worries of rival publications, has a bad case of egg on its face after the high-profile defeat.