The High Court has rejected an application from The Irish Times for an injunction to prevent News UK & Ireland launching an Irish digital edition of The Times.
Mr. Justice John Hedigan ruled that the injunctions should be refused on grounds of delay in seeking them.
His reasons included and were not limited to the fact that the intentions of the London Times to launch an Irish edition was “common knowledge” since September 2014. He also acknowledged that both publications had co-existed for a lengthy period of time without any conflict in the past.
Richard Oakley, editor of the Irish edition of The Times, said; "We are delighted that we have been successful in resisting The Irish Times’ application for an injunction to prevent us launching an Irish edition of The Times.
"We have rigorously defended our position and will now proceed to launch a 7-day digital newspaper of The Times and The Sunday Times for the Irish market. There is a clear gap in the Irish market for an exciting and innovative digital newspaper and we look forward to launching in the coming weeks."
The new daily, digital, edition of The Times for the Irish market will be a national newspaper with a global outlook and exclusive sports highlight packages produced by a team of up to 30 Irish journalists based in Dublin.
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