The Dublin criminal, Martin Foley, has lost his legal bid to stop the Sunday World newspaper publishing articles about him.
In a High Court action, Foley, who has been called 'The Viper' claimed the newspaper put his life in danger by describing him as 'a dead man walking' and a police informer.
But in his judgement Mr Justice Peter Kelly said the newspaper had not expressly exhorted anyone to harm Foley, who has already survived three assassination attempts.
He said the newspaper was entitled to publish facts and opinions about him that arose from his involvement in criminal activities.
Foley, who has served jail terms for robbery and other offences, was a close associate of 'The General', Martin Cahill.