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Hook to sue jobless ex-Tribune journalist

BROADCASTER and television rugby pundit George Hook is to sue a jobless former Sunday Tribune journalist for defamation of character.

The Newstalk presenter (69) has already issued defamation proceedings against Tribune Newspapers Plc in relation to an article that appeared in the paper in October 2010.

The newspaper is in receivership. Hook's legal team indicated that an apology and compensation is now being sought from the newspaper's former radio critic Eithne Tynan, who has lost her job.

The National Union of Journalists has expressed particular concern at the decision to go after Ms Tynan, who is in an "extremely vulnerable position" following the loss of her job.

Barrister Conor Feeney appeared for Mr Hook in the County Registrar's Court on Monday and said he had intended making an application to join a co-defendant to the proceedings. Mr Feeney said it was unlikely the newspaper would be responding to the action.