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Former FAI boss John Delaney ordered to pay costs of failed effort to claim legal privilege

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The High Court has ordered former Football Association of Ireland CEO John Delaney to pay the bulk of the costs of his failed effort to claim legal professional privilege over documents seized from the FAI by the corporate watchdog.

Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds granted most of the costs of the prolonged hearings over privilege to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE).

She also granted costs against him in relation to his separate failed application to have the privilege issue heard by the court in private as Mr Delaney had claimed they would affect family law proceedings.

Solicitor Simon McAleese, on behalf of the Sunday Times, which had objected to Mr Delaney's in-camera application, urged the judge to grant his client's costs as the court had pointed out at the time that the application was premature.

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