Ryanair settles defamation action against Daily Mirror out of court

Friday 25 October 2013 22.22
The airline launched the action after the paper published articles based on claims in a Channel 4 documentary
The airline launched the action after the paper published articles based on claims in a Channel 4 documentary

A defamation action brought by Ryanair against the Daily Mirror newspaper has been settled out of court.

The airline launched the action after the paper published articles based on a Channel 4 documentary that had claimed to reveal alleged safety and fuel issues at Ryanair.

The airline settled an action against the Daily Mail at Belfast High Court last month.

It has also launched legal proceedings against Channel 4. 

Lawyers for the newspaper told the court the company acknowledged the Irish Aviation Authority's recent confirmation that Ryanair fully complied with all European and international regulations and that its safety standards were on a par with the safest airlines in Europe.

Speaking outside the court, solicitor for Ryanair Paul Tweed said the company acknowledged the newspaper's "prompt and categoric statement", which had set the record straight.

Mr Tweed said Ryanair would be vigorously pursuing a separate defamation action against Channel 4.