Owners of Dublin bar settle defamation case

Newspaper article said Swan Bar on Aungier Street had been closed down and was for sale

Sean Lynch and Ronan Lynch, owners of the bar,  had sued The Irish Times Ltd over an article published in the Commercial Property section of the newspaper on September 7th, 2016

Sean Lynch and Ronan Lynch, owners of the bar, had sued The Irish Times Ltd over an article published in the Commercial Property section of the newspaper on September 7th, 2016

 

The owners of the Swan Bar on Dublin’s Aungier Street have settled their High Court action alleging defamation in a newspaper article.

Sean Lynch and Ronan Lynch, owners of the bar, located on the corner of Aungier Street and York Street, and the Swan Bar Ltd, trading as the Swan Bar, had sued The Irish Times Ltd over an article published in the Commercial Property section of the newspaper on September 7th, 2016, under the heading “Former Swan Bar at Aungier Street corner for €700,000”.

The case was called on for hearing before a High Court jury on Thursday but, after talks between the sides, Declan Doyle SC, with Jim O’Callaghan SC, instructed by HJ Ward & Co Solicitors, for the plaintiffs, said it had settled on terms including an apology to be read in court.

Apology

Roughan Banim SC, with Andrew Walker BL, instructed by Holmes O’Malley Sexton, for The Irish Times, then read the apology.

It stated: “On 7th September, 2016, an article was published by The Irish Times stating the Swan Bar on Aungier Street had been closed down and was for sale. The article was published in good faith by The Irish Times on foot of an inaccurate press release provided to it by selling agent Lisney. The selling agent has accepted responsibility for the error. Lisney apologises to the plaintiffs Sean Lynch and Ronan Lynch and the Swan Bar for this and regrets the inconvenience caused.”

Mr Justice Michael McGrath discharged the jury, thanking them for their service. On the application of Mr Doyle, he made orders striking out the case and vacating all existing orders.