Mary Lou McDonald’s husband sues Shane Ross following his biography of the Sinn Féin leader
Story by Eimer McAuley • 57m ago
MARY LOU MCDONALD’S husband is taking legal action against former cabinet minister Shane Ross and a publishing company.
Mary Lou McDonald’s husband sues Shane Ross following his biography of the Sinn Féin leader© RollingNews.ie
The legal proceedings were filed yesterday by solicitors acting on behalf of Martin Lanigan against Ross and publisher Atlantic Books, which last year published Ross’ book ‘Mary Lou McDonald: A Republican Riddle’.
Previously, McDonald stated that every citizen has a right to defend their good name after it was reported in October of last year that solicitors acting on behalf of Mr Lanigan had issued Ross with a legal letter in relation to the book.
Following the publication of the book, McDonald told reporters that she and her husband have a mortgage on their family home after the book had raised questions about how renovations on it were purchased.
Last year, McDonald said: “Obviously, our system relies on two things – freedom of expression, freedom of the press and also the right of every citizen to defend and vindicate their good name.
“And my husband is a private citizen and I think those rights for private citizens are especially important.”