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State papers: Assembly debate report altered after DUP’s Peter Robinson threated to sue

Passages removed from Hansard amid fears of libel proceedings over McGuinness claim

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Remarks: Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson. Credit: Kevin Scott

Remarks: Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson. Credit: Kevin Scott

Remarks: Martin McGuinness and Peter Robinson. Credit: Kevin Scott

An edition of the official Hansard record of what was said in the Assembly Chamber had to retrospectively remove some of what MLAs had said after Peter Robinson threatened to sue.

Declassified government files reveal that the then DUP deputy leader’s actions prompted the Secretary of State to decide that full privilege from defamation should be given to the Assembly to stop the situation recurring.


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