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Belfast councillor apologises to Attorney General Larkin over abortion tweet

By Jonny Bell

A Belfast city councillor has apologised to the Attorney General over a tweet in relation to abortion in Northern Ireland.

Botanic councillor Emmet McDonough Brown tweeted the apology to John Larkin QC on Friday morning.

It relates to a post on the social media site he made in relation to a story about a woman who had to bring her baby home to Northern Ireland in a cooler bag following an abortion.

He said: "On 14th September 2016 I published a tweet which wrongly imputed views to the attorney general, John Larkin, on women.  I fully accept that the content of that tweet was totally unfounded and ought not to have been published.  I apologise unreservedly to John Larkin."

He also tweeted a link to the BBC story.

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The councillor's apology comes after fellow Alliance member, the South Belfast MLA Paula Bradshaw apologised last month over a similar tweet.

Mrs Bradshaw, said she accepted the allegation in her tweet was "totally unfounded" and wrongly referenced Mr Larkin.

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