High Court proceedings brought against RTÉ by an independent candidate in the European Parliament Elections have been withdrawn.

Eamonn Murphy had previously told the High Court that he was bringing an action arising out of the broadcaster's decision to exclude him from a live debate scheduled to be shown by RTÉ on 20 May next. 

Mr Murphy, who is running in the Dublin constituency, had also contested RTÉ's decision not to broadcast a one-minute video clip on its website.

RTÉ had not shown the video because it was in breach of the both the Broadcasting Act and Broadcasting Authority of Ireland guidelines, the High Court heard.

Mr Murphy's action was listed for hearing before the High Court this morning.

However Mr Murphy, who represented himself, told Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds that the matter, following some correspondence between the sides, was being withdrawn. 

Mr Murphy told the court he was happy to withdraw the case after he said he had received "undertakings" from RTÉ. 

However, Niamh Hyland SC for RTÉ said that no undertakings had been given by RTÉ. 

Ms Justice Reynolds then struck out the case. 

Mr Murphy's action was one of two cases taken by independent candidates running in the election against RTÉ over its decision not to include them in the live TV debate due to take place days before the 24 May ballot. 

In a separate action heard yesterday, Mr Justice Senan Allen dismissed a legal challenge brought by Ben Gilroy who is also running in the Dublin Constituency for the European elections

The Judge said Mr Gilroy's proceedings arising out of RTÉ's decision to exclude him from the live debate, had "no legal basis". 

The judge added that the application was brought by Mr Gilroy in an attempt to enhance his electoral prospects in the election.