A defamation case taken by a former mayor of Galway against another former mayor of the city has been settled.

The proceedings were instigated after Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael Crowe referred to Fine Gael's Padraig Conneely as "a scumbag".

The matter was listed for hearing at Galway Circuit Civil Court.

However when it was called before Mr Justice Raymond Groarke he was informed that the case had been settled.

The case arose following an email sent by Cllr Michael Crowe to fellow elected representatives and council officials in 2015.

In a statement read on his behalf to the court today, Cllr Michael Crowe said he apologised unreservedly for referring to Cllr Conneely as a "scumbag" in the email sent on 3 June 2015.

He said he sincerely regretted any hurt and distress caused to Cllr Conneely in either a personal or professional capacity.

The settlement followed protracted discussions between legal representatives for both parties throughout the day.

Mr Justice Groarke struck out the matter and complimented both sides for resolving the matter in a sensible fashion.

Speaking afterwards, Cllr Conneely's solicitor, Jason O'Sullivan, said his client was glad the matter had been settled.

Details of the settlement were not disclosed but Mr O'Sullivan said Cllr Conneely was pleased that his name had been vindicated and the reputational damage he suffered had now been addressed.