17 November 2010
Former Lord Mayor wins libel compensation claim
The former Lord Mayor of Belfast has made a successful damages claim against a media publication for a libellous article published about him.
According to the BBC, Pat McCarthy, who is now a councillor in the city, pursued a libel case against Sunday Life after the news source reported that he was involved in an allegation of a serious crime contained in graffiti in the city.
The offending piece was published in March 2007 and intimated that Mr McCarthy was linked to claims made on walls throughout Belfast.
And the city's High Court has now ruled in favour of the claimant, after concluding that the article, which did not actually name Mr McCarthy, "contained totally unfounded allegations of the most serious nature".
As a result, the publication, which is part of the Independent News & Media Group, printed an apology to him, as well as agreeing to a compensation settlement and paying Mr McCarthy's legal costs.
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Posted by Daniel Stevens