TV3 and the Irish Daily Mail have apologised to EU Commissioner Phil Hogan in the High Court for comments and articles relating to the former minister and the Travelling community.

The media organisations have also paid undisclosed damages and costs to Mr Hogan.

In its apology, the Daily Mail said it published articles on 26 and 27 September about the then minister for the environment, community and local government which implied that he was prejudiced against the Travelling community and had intervened with the local authority to prevent the allocation of housing to Travellers.

The newspaper said it accepted the articles were unfair, misleading and seriously defamatory of Mr Hogan's reputation.

It apologised to Mr Hogan and confirmed it had paid damages and Mr Hogan's legal costs.

TV3 said in its apology, that during the "Tonight with Vincent Browne" show on 20 May 2013, comments were made by Mr Browne that Mr Hogan engaged in racist behaviour and suggested he was prejudiced against the Travelling community and had intervened with the local authority to prevent the allocation of housing to Travellers. 

The station said it accepted that these comments were untrue, unwarranted and defamatory of Mr Hogan's reputation.

In a statement read by his solicitor, Mr Hogan said he was pleased to have been vindicated by the apologies.

He said the media coverage had wrongly alleged that representations he made as a TD to a local authority suggested he was prejudiced against the Travelling community.

He said that as a public representative for the constituency of Carlow-Kilkenny for 32 years and now an EU commissioner, he sincerely hoped he could continue to discharge his duties without further wrongful and damaging media comment on this matter.