RTÉ and its Chief News Correspondent, Charlie Bird, have been awarded legal costs of €1.6 million, arising from the failed libel action taken against them by the TD, Beverley Flynn. 

Ms Flynn alleged she was libelled in six RTÉ broadcasts in 1998 which revealed that as an employee of National Irish Bank, she had encouraged or assisted a number of people to evade tax.   

But a High Court jury found that the former Fianna Fáil TD, now Independent, was not defamed and the Supreme Court rejected her appeal.

Ms Flynn was not represented in the Taxing Master's court today.