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Fears thousands of Gerry Ryan books could be binned

By Cormac McQuinn

There are fears that thousands of copies of a new book on the late broadcaster Gerry Ryan will be pulped, following a High Court injunction application by one of the late DJ's friends, Dave Kavanagh.

The book, 'When We Dance' by Mr Ryan's partner Melanie Verwoerd, was due to go on sale nationwide yesterday, but had to be rapidly taken off the shelves pending a court hearing later this month.

Lawyers for Mr Kavanagh took the action under the defamation act after he objected to certain passages in the book.

Mr Kavanagh was a friend of Mr Ryan's and was one of the last people to see him alive.

Mr Kavanagh did not attend the High Court proceedings where the case was adjourned for two weeks.

The publishers, Liberties Press, and Ms Verwoerd are contesting the injunction, but agreed to delay the sale of the book for two weeks as they prepare their arguments against Mr Kavanagh's claim that he has been defamed.

They are expected to robustly argue against his allegations in order to get the book back on retailers' shelves as soon as possible.

However, a legal source familiar with the publishing industry last night told

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