O'Brien wins defamation case
on 14/02/2013 20:38:00
The newspaper has indicated that it will appeal the decision.
The Digicel chairman sued the title over an article by columnist Paul Drury that appeared in January 2010 under the headline 'Moriarty's about to report. No wonder Denis O'Brien is acting the saint in stricken Haiti'.
The piece appeared 10 days after Haiti was struck by an earthquake and 14 months before the publication of Mr Justice Moriarty's findings on the awarding of the second mobile phone license.
O'Brien claimed the Irish Daily Mail article falsely portrayed his involvement in the Haitian relief effort as a hypocritical act primarily motivated by self-interest.
Lawyers for the Mail and journalist Drury said the case was about the right to free expression.
Video: O'Brien speaking outside the High Court following the jury's decision:
(Dublin's 98FM via YouTube)
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