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Paisley in charity gift as part of settlement

By Alan Erwin and Donna Deeney

Published 24/11/2015

Donation: Ian Paisley
Donation: Ian Paisley

A cancer support charity has welcomed an unexpected windfall that formed part of a court settlement involving two leading politicians from the DUP and Sinn Fein.

Ian Paisley is to make a donation to the Pink Ladies cancer support charity in Londonderry as part of a settlement reached in defamation proceedings brought by Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson.

Ms Anderson took the action against North Antrim MP Mr Paisley over comments made in a radio interview about the closure of Gallaher's cigarette factory in his constituency.

The action would have been heard by a judge and jury at the High Court in Belfast if it had gone to trial.

But Mr Justice Stephens was told the claim has now been settled with neither Mr Paisley nor Ms Anderson present in court.

Although no further details of the case were disclosed in court, Ms Anderson's solicitor confirmed details of the resolution reached.

Padraig O Muirigh said: "The claim was settled in Martina Anderson's favour.

"Costs are being paid by the defendant to include a payment to the Pink Ladies cancer charity in Derry."

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