€70,000 awarded over 2FM sketch defamation

Friday 15 July 2011 23.43
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Vincent O'Toole - Awarded €70,000 in damages
Vincent O'Toole - Awarded €70,000 in damages
Defamation - Oliver Callan apologised in court for his 2008 sketch
Defamation - Oliver Callan apologised in court for his 2008 sketch

An 84 year old man has been awarded €70,000 in damages after being defamed by a ‘Nob Nation’ sketch broadcast on 2fm.

Vincent O'Toole claimed the sketch broadcast in August 2008 suggested his guesthouse, Maryland House in Waterford, was a brothel.

RTÉ had admitted libelling Mr O'Toole and apologised however the broadcaster said the damage done to Mr O'Toole had been limited.

Asked for his reaction to the amount of the award, Mr O'Toole said 'it wouldn't paint my house'.

He said RTÉ had fought the case all the way and he was very proud to have been vindicated.

Mr O'Toole was awarded €50,000 after he sued the Sunday World four years ago for a similar claim.