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Unionist councillor Boyd Douglas defamed Sinn Fein representative Anne Brolly

Unionist councillor Boyd Douglas has issued a High Court apology to a Sinn Fein representative for defaming her in a radio interview.

Mr Douglas is also to pay agreed legal costs to Anne Brolly as part of a settlement reached in her libel action against him.

The Traditional Unionist Voice member of Limavady Borough Council, was sued over remarks he made in June 2011. Proceedings were brought against both Mr Douglas and the BBC.

In court yesterday counsel for Mrs Brolly confirmed that both parts of the case had been fully settled. The agreed statement said: "In the course of a discussion on the Good Morning Ulster programme, broadcast by BBC Radio Ulster on June 14, 2011, Boyd Douglas made remarks which were defamatory of Anne Brolly.

"It is accepted by Boyd Douglas that the remarks were wholly untrue. He unreservedly withdraws the allegations and apologises for the distress which they caused Anne Brolly."

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