A Finale Gael TD will say that he was "surprised" that parliament leader and senator Paudie Coffey has been successful in punishing a newspaper article, a high court official was told.
Rossa Fanning SC said that a part of Fine Gael TD will be John Paul Phelan in the continuous action of Senator Coffey on the article of & # 39; January 2016 published in Kilkenny People.
Senator Coffey mentions the article the most important factor in losing its seat Waterford Dáil.
He is successful in Iconic Newspapers, publishers of paper on the article that reported a press release from Mr Phelan and describes a proposal to make Kilkenny in # 39; the Waterford district as a "deadly raid". Mr. Phelan said that a "bloody" 18th-century autobrest man called Waterford "Crotty the Robber" and now "Coffey the Robber" was the same thing to do.
Senator Coffey says it was scandalous and does not publish it.
On Tuesday, his third day under Cross Research of the Fanning SC, for Iconic Newspapers, advised him the language used in the article is colorized reaction in a context of other article articles that are colorized Recorded by local politicians on the Waterford / Kilkenny border.
Senator Coffey said that other comments were part of political debates, but Kilkenny's article was much more directed and led to what form of abuse in his position as the Ministry of Defense in # 39; time.
The defected him and his family and was released without giving him the opportunity to respond before he was published, he said.
Counsel said he was not the first politician to compare with fictitious or historical characters.
Bull McCabe & # 39;
He said that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is called "Vlad" in the Phoenix magazine and then Co Roscommon politician Luke "Ming" Flanagan, and former Justice Minister John O Donoghue, known as Bull McCabe "to the central character in John B Keane's play, The Field.
No such politician has been sued, advised.
No one was called a robber, the senator Coffey replied.
Counsel pointed out that was "part of a rough and tumult of politics and, as Deputy Phelan gives evidence, he will tell the jury that he" wonders if we are here ".
Senator Coffey says he has been in politics for 20 years by good and bad times.
"And never in my life I've transferred the type of copy in this article into a vulnerable time in my career."
Mr Fanning stated in the last month a completely different public statement for the loss of his Dáil site, when he told the London Times that it was through the controversy over a cathedral hospital at University Hospital Waterford .
Senator Coffey says that the laboratory problem has contributed to the loss of its site, as the water leaks contrast, but the "important factor" was the Kilkenny article.
He found that in Wales in the final of Wales a number of 10 percent in & # 39; Finne Gael state in 2016 to national and local in Waterford of 2011. He also stated that he had succeeded in successful Successful Candidates from Fianna Fáil in Waterford, Mary Butler, from his own area of Portlaw.
Previously, he said he was "safe enough" in commentary he made in a local radio interview about the border committee of the committee months for the Kilkenny article.
He did not specify that he gave the impression in his interview that he was responsible for the review.
The case stays.