The NUJ in Ireland has expressed grave concern at the €1.8m damages awarded against Independent Newspapers to communications consultant Monica Leech.
NUJ Irish Secretary Séamus Dooley said the record damages were “disproportionate and bore no relationship with reality.”
A High Court jury in Ireland awarded Leech €1.872 million after it found that a series of articles published in the Dublin-based Evening Herald in 2004 meant that she had been having an affair with a government minister.
Independent Newspapers plans to apply for a stay on the award, to allow an appeal to the Supreme Court.
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