The Irish Times has apologised to garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe in the High Court, under a settlement of defamation proceedings.

The apology stated the newspaper had made "appropriate amends" to Sgt McCabe, over an article published in the newspaper on 20 February 2017.

Mr McCabe's senior counsel Michael McDowell told Mr Justice Bernard Barton the matter had been settled.

He said that no order was required, except one for taxation of the plaintiff's costs, on the basis of an apology being read by lawyers for The Irish Times.

Senior counsel Cian Ferriter then read the apology: "On the 20th February 2017, the Irish Times published an article in its print edition headed: 'Woman behind alleged complaint about McCabe wants her day before inquiry' and, in its online edition headed: 'When Can I Get on With the Rest of my Life? - Woman at the centre of the McCabe case'."

It continued: "The Director of Public Prosecutions determined, after a careful and professional investigation, that no offence of any kind had been disclosed against Sgt McCabe and that there was no basis in fact or in law for any prosecution. Contrary to what was suggested in the articles, the Director of Public Prosecutions did not base his direction on 'insufficient evidence'."

The apology stated: "The Irish Times fully accepts the DPP's determination and it was never intended for the article to suggest otherwise. The Irish Times wishes to apologise to Sgt Maurice McCabe and his wife and family for the great hurt and damage caused to them by the publication of this article, hand has made appropriate amends to Sgt McCabe."

The judge agreed to make the order sought.