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Eoin McKeogh loses anonymity case against newspapers

Student McKeogh had been named by newspapers in a dispute over an online video. He was not the person in the video.

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UNIVERSITY STUDENT EOIN McKeogh has lost his bid to prevent six newspapers naming him in connection with a YouTube video.

High Court judge Michael Peart today ruled against McKeogh in the case, Sunday Times reporter Mark Tighe tweeted from the court.

The newspapers involved are now seeking to recover their legal costs in a separate hearing, according to RTÉ journalist Sandra Hurley.

Last week McKeogh won temporary injunctions against Facebook and Google preventing them from showing a video which carried comments sections which falsely identified McKeogh as dodging a taxi fare. McKeogh has since been proven to be entirely innocent of and unrelated to the events in the video.

The Irish Mail on Sunday reports that McKeogh provided the court with his passport, which showed that he was in Japan at the time the video was filmed. An affidavit from McKeogh to the court said ‘I was not and could not have been the person in the video’. The taxi driver who posted the video in the first place has also given evidence in court that McKeogh was not the fare-dodger in his video.

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