Can Sinn Fein, Sue People, Who dont, Vote for them?

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Sinn Féin leader’s action against RTE said to centre on radio show

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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald launched a High Court action against RTÉ seeking damages for alleged defamation.

Sinn Féin leader’s action against RTE said to centre on radio show – Yesterday 06:09

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Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald launched a High Court action against RTÉ seeking damages for alleged defamation.

Her move, which followed a similar case against the State broadcaster last year by her Sinn Féin colleague Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, apparently prompted Taoiseach Micheál Martin to mutter ‘don’t sue me’ in the Dáil yesterda

His remark followed a row with Ms McDonald over the proposed ban of the sale of turf. Extra.ie understands the alleged defamation concerns an interview on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland in mid-February about the National Women Council’s protest outside Leinster House.

© Provided by Extra.ieSinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald launched a High Court action against RTÉ seeking damages for alleged defamation. Pic: BBC The View/Twitter

The march was shrouded in controversy because of the exclusion of Government TDs. While Sinn Féin sources said they did not know what the litigation was in relation to and ‘had not asked’, suggestions that it stemmed from this interview ‘have not been contradicted’.

A spokesman for the party would not confirm yesterday what the legal action was based on.

‘This is now a matter in litigation before the courts and it would be inappropriate to comment,’ they said.

Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin also refused to answer questions about the legal case yesterday when quizzed by reporters at Leinster House.

Asked if it was a ‘Sinn Féin policy to pursue an increasing number of legal cases’, he said he was ‘not aware of any such policy’.

© Provided by Extra.ieMs McDonald’s defamation action against RTÉ is the latest episode in a growing trend among opposition politicians to head to the High Court. Pic: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Mr Ó Broin said: ‘I don’t track legal actions taken by individual members of the party. But people have a right to their good name. People have a right, obviously, to combat what they may see as defamation, irrespective of whether they are in our party or others.’

Ms McDonald’s defamation action against RTÉ is the latest episode in a growing trend among opposition politicians to head to the High Court in the face of what they believe to be false claims made by their political opponents and the media.

Last year, Mr Ó Laoghaire settled a High Court action for defamation against RTÉ for a sum believed to be in excess of €150,000 after a radio discussion on Liveline. Recently, the MEPs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly also lodged proceedings against the broadcaster.

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