A journalist has won a libel action against the Irish police force magazine.
Paul Reynolds, crime correspondent for Irish national broadcaster RTE, won his libel action against the Garda Review magazine and head of the Garda Representative Association.
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He was awarded â‚¬60,000 (£43,000) plus costs for an article that described him as extremely irresponsible.
The article in question criticised the approach in which Reynolds reported a story about the arrest and questioning of a garda in relation to an alleged rape of a woman in Tenerife.
During a two-day hearing at the Dublin Circuit Civil Court, Reynolds’ legal team claimed the article made him out to be an irresponsible journalist motivated by malice or bias, who had set out to portray members of the garda, Ireland’s national police force, in an unfavourable light.
Reynolds told the court of the importance to his job that he be trusted by both the public and gardai.
The defence claimed fair comment, but the judge said that if the article was to be regarded as an opinion piece then the facts should have been made clearer to the reader.
The judge also said that the article gave the impression that Reynolds, who has been a crime correspondent for 11 years, did not understand the importance of due process.