RTE will use the so-called ‘right-to-know’ defence in a High Court libel case that public relations consultant Monica Leech has filed against them.
The right-to-know defence was established during a defamation case taken by former taoiseach Albert Reynolds against the Sunday Times newspaper in the English courts in 1999.
The defence, which is described as the right to claim qualified privilege when defending a libel charge, has not yet been successfully used in Ireland.
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