Joe Brolly, a Gentleman, a man who wears his heart upon his sleeve, he also is a brilliant Sports Commentator, and most definitely badly Treated by RTE. Pity his name was not “Allen from Cork”, Joe would get the 5 Star Treatment, but I forgot he does not do Drugs!

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Joe Brolly files defamation case against RTÉ

4th June 2021


Joe Brolly has filed a defamation case against RTÉ.Joe Brolly wearing a suit and tie© 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.a close up of Joe Brolly wearing glasses and looking at the camera: Joe Brolly has filed a defamation case against RTÉ. Pic: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile© 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.Joe Brolly wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: 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© 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.’Joe Brolly wearing a suit and tie in front of a stage: During the debate, Mr Brolly levelled allegations of homophobia and racism against the Democratic Unionist Party. Pic: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile© 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.a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a fence: After that, Mr Brolly did not return to the debate. Pic: Ray McManus/Sportsfile© 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.

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