Irish papers face contempt of court

The Irish director of public prosecutions has started contempt of court proceedings against the Irish Examiner and the Star on Sunday over their reporting of the high-profile manslaughter trial of four young men charged in connection with the death of a man outside a Dublin nightclub.

The DPP said the articles were considered to be sub judice because they reported on matters dealt with during the trial in the absence of the jury.

The trial judge referred to the Irish Examiner article during the trial as a “serious contempt of court”.

The Star on Sunday article concerned the granting of free legal aid to two of the defendants.

Both editors have been called before a court hearing set for 26 April.

By Des Cryan in Dublin

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