Case against `Tribune' is settled


A High Court action taken by a Dublin student in relation to an article in the Sunday Tribune concerning the student's participation in the war in Bosnia in 1992 has been settled and struck out with no order.

Mr Ivor Farina (26), from Avondale Road, Killiney, Co Dublin, had sued Tribune Newspapers plc, journalist Fergal Keane and former Sunday Tribune editor Mr Vincent Browne over an article published in the newspaper on January 3rd, 1993. The article was written by Mr Keane who at that time was a journalist with the newspaper.

After legal discussions yesterday, Mr Garret Cooney SC for Mr Farina, told Mr Justice Quirke the case had been settled and could be struck out with no order. He said Mr Adrian Hardiman SC, for the defendants, wished to read a statement from his clients. The statement said: "Ivor Farina. In our edition of January 3rd, 1993, we carried a story relating to the participation of Mr Ivor Farina in the Bosnian war. The word `mercenary' was used in the headline to that story and Mr Farina takes exception to the use of that word.

"We agree that Mr Farina did not act as a mercenary and that he was motivated by idealism. This, in fact, was stated in the text of our article."