Judgement due next month over Sean Gallagher’s 'Tweetgate' action against RTÉ

The businessman is suing the broadcaster over a televised debate during the 2011 Presidential election campaign

Judgement due next month over Sean Gallagher’s 'Tweetgate' action against RTÉ

Independent Presidential candidate and businessman Sean Gallagher with his wife Trish talks to the media before appearing on RTE's Frontline

The High Court will deliver its judgement next month on whether Sean Gallagher’s legal action against RTÉ should be dropped.

The businessman is suing the broadcaster over a televised debate he took part in during the 2011 Presidential election campaign.

He is also seeking damages arising from comments allegedly made in relation to what has since been dubbed ‘Tweetgate’.

RTÉ claims he failed to comply with orders to disclose certain information it feels is relevant to its case, including emails and certain documents.

It dismissed claims the information required was “irrelevant” and said Mr Gallagher’s failure to disclose it was “manifestly prejudicial” to their defence.

At a previous hearing, Mr Gallagher’s barrister accepted there had been issues with the disclosure of material but that they had since been addressed.

Mr Justice David Keane said he will deliver his judgement on February 10th.