Monday 16 September 2019

Mary Lou McDonald issues legal threat to TD over tweet

SF leader Mary Lou McDonald wants apology
SF leader Mary Lou McDonald wants apology
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Mary Lou McDonald sent a legal letter to a Fianna Fail TD over a comment he made about the Sinn Fein leader on Twitter.

Solicitors representing Ms McDonald sent a two-page letter to Louth TD Declan Breathnach after he posted a comment on the social media platform in October.

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In a letter posted on October 25, Johnson Solicitors said the comment by Mr Breathnach was "totally false and highly defamatory".

The legal firm said their client, Ms McDonald, was seeking a "sincere and fulsome" apology from her Dail colleague. He was also asked to undertake that he would not repeat the comments he made on Twitter.

The solicitor's firm also said Ms McDonald wanted to be sent a proposal by Mr Breathnach for how he planned to compensate the Dublin Central TD.

The firm also said she wanted to be reimbursed for legal costs involved in the matter.

In response, MacGinley Quinn Solicitors, acting on behalf of Mr Breathnach, said their client did not accept the allegation levelled at him by Ms McDonald.

In a letter sent on November 5, the legal firm described Mr Breathnach's comment on Twitter as "entirely reasonable" and rejected that his remarks was defamatory.

"Notwithstanding that and entirely without prejudice, Deputy Breathnach has noted Ms McDonald's discomfort about the contents of his tweet and as a matter of courtesy has arranged to have it removed," the firm said.

The comment has since been removed from the social media website.

Sinn Fein did not respond to requests for comment on the party leader's legal letter to Mr Breathnach.

When contacted by the Sunday Independent, Mr Breathnach said he did not wish to comment on the matter.

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