A refusal to wave the white flag

At its core, The Sunday Business Post’s victory over tycoon Denis O’Brien in the High Court was a broader win for journalism and the Irish media

Denis O’Brien: the businessman on the steps of the Four Courts Picture: Fergal Phillips

‘We stood up to him, we fought for a full month. We stuck to our guns. We told the truth. We did the right thing and thankfully the jury came down on our side.”

For journalist Tom Lyons it was a sweet valedictory speech outside the Four Courts after a hard-won and often bitter defamation battle between businessman Denis O’Brien and The Sunday Business Post.

A High Court action against the newspaper which ...