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Albert Reynolds hired private detective during libel case

By Jody Corcoran

The late Albert Reynolds paid for a private detective to check out an individual who attended his defamation case against the Sunday Times, it has emerged.

The former Taoiseach paid £500 in cash for information on the man whose attendance at the trial in 1996 was brought to his attention by the late Edward Haughey, the then wealthiest man in Northern Ireland, who died in a helicopter accident recently.

Dr Haughey, subsequently Lord Ballyedmond, had recounted a tale to Mr Reynolds to the effect that the UK 'establishment' had attempted to conspire to ensure Mr Reynolds would not win the case.

The jury decided the allegations, that Mr Reynolds had misled the Dail by withholding information, were untrue – but awarded him zero damages, later amended to 1p.

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