Ryanair defamation case against the Daily Mail has been settled

Ryanair brought about libel action against Associated Newspapers Ltd and Associated Newspapers (Ireland) Ltd over an article that appeared last month in the Irish Daily Mail and the Mail Online. The articles were written based on a television documentary that claimed to reveal safety and fuel issues at the airline. As part of the confidential settlement, a statement was read out by the newspapers’ publishers acknowledging that Ryanair planes fully complied with EU safety rules during three fuel emergency landings. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said “We are very pleased that the Mail has acted promptly to set the record straight in relation to our safety standards – time was of the essence. “We employ 9,500 aviation professionals and today’s settlement vindicates that the quality of work they do in delivering what the IAA (Irish Aviation Authority) has confirmed is one of the safest airlines in Europe.” Mr O’Leary has stated that the airline would continue separate legal action against Channel 4 over its Dispatches documentary. The documentary outlined concerns made by a body describing itself as a Ryanair Pilot Group over the safety of the airline. The contents of this article are intended for general information purposes only and shall not be deemed to be, or constitute legal advice. We cannot accept responsibility for any loss as a result of acts or omissions taken in respect of this article. Setfords Solicitors are a national full service law firm, with dispute resolution solicitors in Hindhead and across the country.