Businessman Declan Ganley has begun legal proceedings against RTE’s Prime Time programme.
The action by the high-profile entrepreneur and political activist comes only weeks after Fr Kevin Reynolds was awarded €1m in damages for being defamed by the programme — while, in a separate case, businessman Sean Gallagher has made serious allegations against RTE News and Current Affairs in relation to what he claims was an “ambush” of him on The Frontline presidential election TV debate.
The plenary summons, which was served last Friday evening, comes three years after the programme — which Mr Ganley believes contained “extremely serious, defamatory allegations” against him — was aired.
Mr Ganley alleges that the Prime Time team attempted to discredit him both personally and professionally and undermined his opposition to the Lisbon Treaty.
Whereby we learn that – in matters legal – a single letter can often make all the difference.