Oireachtas Committee to demand explanation from RTÉ on libel payments

The Oireachtas communications committee is to write to RTÉ asking it to explain its approach to libel complaints.

It follows reports that the broadcaster paid 85,000 euro to settle a complaint taken by the Iona Institute and others following remarks made by a guest on a TV show last month.

It's understood the committee will consider RTÉ's response before deciding whether to seek a full hearing with senior RTÉ managers.

Senior executives including the director-general, Noel Curran, are due before the committee for a pre-scheduled meeting in the coming weeks.

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