The sale of a book by the partner of the late Gerry Ryan has been delayed for two weeks pending a High Court action by music promoter Dave Kavanagh.

Melanie Verwoerd's book was due to go on sale today, but the publishers have agreed to a delay pending the court action.

Mr Kavanagh, who was a friend of the broadcaster, claims the book contains defamatory statements.

The High Court adjourned the case until 24 October after lawyers for Liberties Press and Mr Kavanagh consented to an order preventing the sale or publication of the book in the interim.