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Journalist settles unfair dismissal case against INM


Gemma O'Doherty

Gemma O'Doherty

Gemma O'Doherty

INDEPENDENT Newspapers has settled a case of unfair dismissal with former employee Gemma O'Doherty.

Ms O'Doherty, a former journalist with the Irish Independent, had taken a case against the company after she was made redundant in August 2013.

The company had argued the decision to make Ms O'Doherty redundant was part of a restructuring plan at Independent Newspapers, which also publishes the Herald.

Yesterday, Ms O'Doherty's lawyer Paul Tweed told an employment appeals tribunal that a confidential settlement had been agreed between the parties.


Lawyers for the company read out a statement at the tribunal.

"Independent Newspapers accept that Gemma O'Doherty has acted at all times in a professional and diligent manner in the best interest of Independent Newspapers.

"Independent Newspapers unreservedly apologise to Ms O'Doherty for the stress and hardship caused to her and her husband as a result of its actions."

Independent Newspapers has also agreed to indemnify Ms O'Doherty in relation to her legal costs.

Afterwards, the journalist said the comprehensive apology and expression of regret from the company represented a resounding vindication of her professional and personal reputation.


The agreement means a separate High Court action for personal injury and defamation will now not proceed and will be formally discharged early next year.

The settlement must be implemented within six weeks, the tribunal said.