Luke Ming Flanagan left the Dáil last year after being elected to the European Parliament Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Ming seeks compensation from Fine Gael TD over Irish Times interview

Luke Ming Flanagan has taken legal action against former constituency rival Frank Feighan.

INDEPENDENT MEP LUKE Ming Flanagan is seeking compensation from a Fine Gael TD over an interview in the Irish Times earlier this year.

Frank Feighan, who is standing down at the next election, confirmed he had received a letter from Flanagan’s solicitor’s seeking compensation over an interview he gave to the Irish Times.

Feighan said he intended to “vigorously contest” any allegations made against him by his former constituency colleague.

The Sunday Times reported yesterday that Flanagan has also launched a defamation action against the Irish Times over the interview.

Proceedings were lodged in the High Court last week with Flanagan alleging that the interview with Feighan defamed him.

The pair are former constituency rivals in Roscommon where the government’s decision to close the town’s 24-hour Emergency Department in 2011 has caused huge anger in recent years.

6/11/2012 Fine Gael Frank Feighan Wearing Poppys Frank Feighan Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland Mark Stedman / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Gareth Noble, of KOD solicitors, confirmed to that legal action was being taken against the Irish Times.

He also confirmed that a letter had been sent to Feighan seeking compensation over the comments made.

Feighan said a legal letter he received on 27 August wanted him to accept liability for the comments and agree to compensation.

The outgoing TD said he had responded to the effect that he intended to “vigorously contest” any allegations.

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