Gardai take broadcaster to court for contempt

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SIX gardai were yesterday granted leave by the Dublin High Court to seek the jailing of the Irish broadcaster Gay Byrne, presenter of the Channel 4 RTE programme The Late Late Show, after their counsel claimed that a broadcast interview involved 'a simply horrifying' contempt, writes Alan Murdoch.

Last Monday, Mr Byrne interviewed Osgur Breathnach, who is bringing an action against eight gardai alleging false imprisonment - he was jailed for 12 years in 1980 for the 1976 Sallins mail train robbery, but released on appeal in 1982. Mr Byrne allegedly suggested that if there was a public inquiry documents 'would be lost through floorboards'.

Mr Justice Geoghegan allowed the contempt application to go ahead on 14 June.