Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has welcomed today’s ruling by Mr Justice Donald Binchy in which he said it was never his intention to restrict the media’s right to report on statements made in the Dáil.

Deputy Martin commented: “This is a very welcome and important decision.  I am very pleased that Mr. Justice Binchy has said it was never the intention of his High Court order in Denis O’Brien’s application against RTÉ to restrict reporting on comments made in the Dáil.  This is a good day for parliamentary democracy and for freedom of the press.

“Today’s judgement vindicates Article 15 of the Constitution which protects what is said in the Oireachtas and the right of the media to freely report all statements made by elected representatives in either the Dáil or Seanad.”