An action by the widow of the educational publisher Albert Folens to prevent an interview with her husband being broadcast has been settled at the High Court.

The programme, called 'Ireland's Nazis', will be broadcast on RTÉ 1 tomorrow. However, some changes will be made as a result of the settlement.

Juliette Folens was trying to prevent the programme from using material from an interview given by her husband 20 years ago to journalist Senan Molony.

Mr Molony then worked for the Sunday Tribune and an agreement was signed between a representative of the Tribune, Mr Molony and Mr Folens, that would allow Mr Folens to see any article before it was published and would give him a right of reply.

As part of the settlement agreed today, a statement from Juliette Folens will be broadcast as part of the programme and a short segment will be edited out.

Afterwards, Mr Molony said the settlement was a victory for free speech.  He said his interview contained 'explosive allegations'.  

Mr Folens died four years ago at the age of 86. In a statement issued on behalf of the Folens family, Mrs Folens said she wished to make it absolutely clear that Albert Folens was not a member of the Nazi Party, was never a member of or employed by the Gestapo and never worked in their headquarters in Brussels.

In the statement, Mrs Folens said Mr Folens who was originally from Belgium, had been a member of the nationalist Flemish Legion and was sentenced to ten years in prison as a result.

She said he had been employed as a translator, translating newspaper articles from Flemish into German.

She said he had never been an interpreter and the Folens family found his portrayal as being engaged in interrogation and torture totally reprehensible.