Now, in addition to a defence filed by the council and Mr James, the chief executive has himself issued a libel writ against Mrs Thompson, alleging she has libelled
him in comments on her blog.
Ms Cooper-Flynn had alleged she was libelled
in six RTE broadcasts in 1998 which reported that as a National Irish Bank employee she had encouraged or assisted a number of persons in tax evasion.
Mr Sherwin had claimed the newspaper libelled
him by stating he solicited a political contribution from a building developer.
In November 1999, a High Court jury found that former Esat boss Denis O'Brien, 42, had been libelled
by an Irish Mirror article.
Adrian Hardiman, for Mr De Rossa, told the jury that the Minister had been libelled
by the newspaper in an article written in December l992 as attempts were being made to form a Coalition Government.