Joe Brolly files defamation case against RTÉ
4th June 2021
Joe Brolly has filed a defamation case against RTÉ.© Provided by Extra.ie
The GAA analyst, represented by Rennick Solicitors, has put forward legal proceedings against the broadcaster to the High Court.
Mr Brolly had appeared regularly on RTÉ’s The Sunday Game programme until 2019.© Provided by Extra.ie Joe Brolly has filed a defamation case against RTÉ. Pic: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Extra.ie has reached out to Joe Brolly’s solicitors for comment. A spokesperson for RTÉ said that the national broadcaster has no comment.
Earlier this year, Joe Brolly spoke out online after he was cut off from Claire Byrne Live’s United Ireland debate due to allegations he made against the DUP.
During the debate, Mr Brolly linked allegations of homophobia and racism against the Democratic Unionist Party.© Provided by Extra.ie Earlier this year, Joe Brolly spoke out online after he was cut off from Claire Byrne Live’s United Ireland debate due to allegations he made against the DUP. Pic: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos
He said: ‘What we’ve seen with Arlene Foster, with Gregory Campbell and with Ian Paisley Jr and people like that is short-termism all the time.
‘You know, chuckling and guffawing at people when they’re trying to have serious discussions, just like we saw Gregory tonight.
‘Laughing at the Irish language, laughing at Gaelic sports, the homophobia, the racism, all those things.’© Provided by Extra.ie During the debate, Mr Brolly levelled allegations of homophobia and racism against the Democratic Unionist Party. Pic: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Claire responded: ‘He might deny some of those charges’ as she attempted to move on with her line of questioning.
Joe said: ‘Sorry, which ones would he deny?’, to which Claire replied: ‘Look, Joe, the man is not here to defend himself, and I’m not going to do it for him. I’m going to bring the conversation back into the room.© Provided by Extra.ie After that, Mr Brolly did not return to the debate. Pic: Ray McManus/Sportsfile
‘I’m not going to have anybody called names on this programme who are not here to defend themselves and that’s final okay? You can be part of the conversation on those terms or not.’
After that, Mr Brolly did not return to the debate.