Irish Mail on Sunday in libel payout to informer-claim policeman

The Irish edition of the Mail on Sunday has paid Euros 400,000 in damages and costs to a retired policeman it wrongly accused of being an IRA informer and setting up two RUC officers for assasination.

The payout came in an out-of-court settlement to Owen Corrigan, according to the Sunday Times.

A barrister for Associated Newspapers said in a court statement: “The report stated that Mr Corrigan had passed information to the IRA which led to the killings of two RUC officers. It also stated that Mr Corrigan was involved in other criminal activity.

“These statements are false and Ireland on Sunday [the Irish Mail on Sunday’s previous incarnation] withdraws them in their entirety. We accept that Owen Corrigan was a member of An Garda Siochana who served his force and country with distinction.

“Ireland on Sunday wishes unreservedly to apologise to Mr Corrigan and his family for the distress and embarrassment caused by the article.”



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