Communications consultant Monica Leech has lost her libel action against Independent Newspapers.

The jury in the High Court ruled against Ms Leech just before 6pm this evening.

Ms Leech had sued the Irish Independent over an article which repeated comments made about her on RTÉ Radio.

However the High Court jury said she had not been defamed by the article, which repeated lewd comments made about her on  RTÉ Radio One's Live-line  programme.

Ms Leech said  she would appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.