Last week the Sunday Independent published an article by columnist Tommy Conlon. We accept without reservation that the contents of the piece were defamatory and falsely portrayed Mr Brolly in a way that is entirely inconsistent with his political and religious impartiality and his condemnation of all forms of violence.
The piece should never have been published and at no stage represented the views of this paper. In withdrawing the article we offer Joe an unreserved apology as does the author Mr Conlon. It is a matter of public record that Joe is non-sectarian and does not support any political party. He utterly upholds the sanctity of human life and has always opposed the use of violence.
He has worked tirelessly to save lives through his organ donation charity, and through his work as an advocate for cystic fibrosis patients, their families and those needing transplants. In his work as a barrister he represents every section of society without fear or favour.
At Joe's request, we have agreed to pay a substantial donation to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland.
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