Minister for Children James Reilly has settled a defamation case against the Irish Mail on Sunday for an undisclosed amount.
He received damages and costs in the case against Associated Newspapers, who also read a formal apology.
This action arose as a result of an article that appeared in the Irish Daily Mail on Sunday on October 7, 2012, under the headline 'Reilly link to developer of second clinic'.
In it, the paper claimed that the then-Minister for Health had links to a developer building a HSE primary care centre in Swords.
Representatives from the newspaper read an apology in court after the defamation proceedings were settled. In it, they acknowledged, the "grave allegation" was without foundation and should not have been made.
Adding that any implication that the Minister had exploited his position in the Health Department was "wholly without foundation" and they were happy to unreservedly apologise to Dr Reilly for any damage or distress caused by the article.
A spokesperson for Minister Reilly who had seeking seeing damages and costs, said the Minister was "happy with the outcome".