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Sinn Féin candidate welcomes apology from former councillor over 'fake syringes' allegation

General election candidate John Brady had taken a defamation case against former Bray Fine Gael councillor Mick Glynn.

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A SINN FÉIN election candidate has “welcomed” the news that a former Wicklow councillor has apologised to him regarding an “unfounded allegation” involving a photograph of a box of syringes.

Bray councillor John Brady today received a public apology from former Fine Gael councillor, and current member of Bray Chamber of Commerce, Mick Glynn at Wicklow Circuit Court.

The apology was delivered by Glynn’s counsel:

“I Mick Glynn of Headlands, Bray, acknowledge that the claim made by me in February 2014 that Councillor John Brady of Kilbride Grove, Bray, staged bogus photographs of a find of hazardous waste in a housing estate in Bray was not true and I apologise for the publication.”

The apology related to a defamation case taken by Brady against Glynn concerning the offending photographs.

Glynn had alleged in a press release that photos Brady had supplied to a local newspaper, of a biscuit tin containing 30 syringes that were said to have been found in the back garden of council house in Fassaroe in Bray, were fake.

The photo was published in February 2014 in advance of that year’s local elections in which both Brady and Glynn were candidates.

In addition to Glynn’s apology, the defamation case has been settled in an undisclosed manner according to his legal counsel.

“While I am disappointed that this situation had to involve solicitors and the courts, I welcome Mr Glynn’s apology and I accept it in good faith,” Brady said following the announcement that the action had been settled.

It is a pity that the untruth went unaddressed for two years but now it has been resolved.

We are all entitled to our good name and I felt it was very important that I defended mine.

Brady added that he is now “focused” on his election campaign.

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