Belfast Telegraph

Ex-priest wins Policing Board payout

A former Catholic priest denied a job with the Northern Ireland Policing Board after failing security clearance is to receive an undisclosed compensation pay-out, his lawyer has said.

Kevin Kennedy is also to get his legal costs as part of the settlement reached in his civil action against the Chief Constable.

Mr Kennedy brought a case claiming he was the victim of malicious falsehood and negligent mis-statement after being forced to resign from the Policing Board.

He was offered a post in 2004 but then told he could no longer work there due to information police said they held on his brother.

Mr Kennedy's action was due to be heard at the High Court in Belfast yesterday.

But his solicitor confirmed that a resolution was reached before the case was due to begin.

Jack Quigley said: “Mr Kennedy and his family are extremely satisfied with the compensation reached in today's settlement.

“He has been pursuing this action since 2004 and today he has finally been vindicated in bringing his case.

“He is also relieved that his costs have been included in the settlement.”

Under the terms of the resolution the level of payout has not been disclosed.

But is understood there was no admission of liability on the part of police.

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