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Putting record straight on court case costs

Your report headlined 'Councillors' bank details blunder cost almost £65k' (News, May 24) did not make clear that costs in the court case had been awarded against Heather Brown.

The report also said that Belfast City Council 'immediately launched' legal action, when in fact proceedings were only issued as a last resort.

The council fully accepted from the outset that it was at fault for inadvertently sending out personal details of councillors to a member of the public.

Legal proceedings were only instigated when Ms Brown refused to voluntarily comply with a request to delete the information and desist from disseminating it.

Not only did she not comply, Ms Brown breached a court order by sending it to a government department.

Ms Brown was given every opportunity and no fewer than eight court hearings to comply.

The sole reason for legal costs being awarded against Ms Brown by the court was because of her failure to co-operate.


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