Farmer gives evidence in libel trial

Wednesday, February 28, 2001
The farmer at the centre of the Beverly Cooper Flynn libel case has taken the stand at the High Court.

James Howard, a dairy farmer from Drogheda, claims the Co Mayo TD gave him advice on how to hide money from the taxman after the 70-year-old contacted her in her position as financial adviser at the National Irish Bank in Balbriggan.

He had recently come into money from the sale of Premier Dairy shares and the Fianna Fail TD came to his home in March 1999 to advise him.

Ms Cooper Flynn insists Mr Howard libelled her during an interview with RTE when he alleged she instructed him on how to store money in offshore bank accounts.