Friday, July 25 16:32:16
The Irish Independent was the subject of an application for contempt of court order today over its coverage of the Anglo Irish tapes.
A hearing will take place in December.
The DPP sought an injunction against the paper in connection with coverage of the story over three days in the paper and on independent.ie.
The Irish Independent denies it is in contempt of court and says its is contesting the DPP’s injunction application.
Last Monday, the case was adjourned until today after it was agreed between the parties that certain portions of some of the tapes would be removed from independent.ie.
The Independent had agreed to do so without prejudice to its position in the case.
Today, Paul O’Higgins SC, for the DPP, said it was a matter in which his client was seeking a hearing next October but there may be some progress made if he could talk first to Shane English BL, for the Independent.
The matter was adjourned and when it returned before High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, the judge was told a hearing date in October would suit the parties as it could take more than a day to hear.
Mr O’Higgins said it could not realistically go on next week as one of the Independent’s witnesses is still out of the jurisdiction.
Mr English said his side were happy to take a date in October and meet any issues Mr O’Higgins may have in relation to the publication.
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