An attempt by a criminal to gag the Dublin-based Sunday World has failed.
Republic’s High Court has refused an application by Dublin criminal
Martin Foley for an order to prevent the newspaper publishing material
relating to him that would “encourage an attempt to endanger his life”.
Foley, known as The Viper, has argued that in an article on 5 December a prediction of his violent death had been made.
article, headed “Foley’s a dead man walking” quoted an unnamed retired
detective predicting Foley “would not die in his sleep”.
application for an interlocutory injunction, if granted, would have
continued until the hearing of a full action against the newspaper. A
date for the hearing of that action has yet to be fixed.
judgment, Mr Justice Kelly said the evidence had fallen short of what
would justify the court curtailing the freedom of the newspaper to
state facts and express opinions about Foley and his activities.