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James McClean wins apology and damages after Ulster Unionist Party councillor's 'defamatory remarks'

Last November UUP councillor Chris McGimpsey appeared on BBC Radio Ulster where he made remarks about James McClean.

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IRELAND INTERNATIONAL JAMES McClean has today won a legal case he brought against an Ulster Unionist Party councillor who made wholly inaccurate remarks linking him to the Provisional IRA. 

Last November UUP councillor Chris McGimpsey appeared on BBC Radio Ulster where he made remarks about James McClean. 

McClean, through his solicitors, brought a defamation action against McGimpsey , who today unreservedly apologised for his words. 

In a statement this evening, McClean’s solicitor’s said: “During the course of the hearing , UUP councillor Chris McGimpsey , through his legal representative, issued an unreserved apology to Mr McClean.

“In the course of that apology that was out in full, it was advanced that the offending statement made on BBC Radio Ulster on 7 November 2018 was false and completely inaccurate, and failed to consider the implication of his defamatory remark. 

“The apology, whilst given four months since the comments were made, is welcomed. The level of damages that require to be awarded have yet to be assessed, and we are confident that this process will reflect the seriousness and gravity of the offending comments. 

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