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February 18, 2009

Irish Daily Mirror pays out over schoolboy drug claim

By Jon Slattery

The Irish High Court has approved a €50,000 settlement for a 10-year-old schoolboy who claimed he was defamed in a Daily Mirror article in March 2007 which had alleged he had brought cocaine into school when the substance in question was baby powder.

Kalvin Dunne, through his mother Gillian Dunne, sued Mirror Group Newspapers over the article, the Irish Times reports today.

The boy’s mother said the story was untrue and police had established that the substance Kalvin had brought to school was in fact baby powder.

Counsel said it was accepted Kalvin did bring a bag of white powder into school in a recreation of something he may have seen on TV or in a film.

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