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Paisley Jnr donation to charity after sued by Sinn Fein MEP

Ian Paisley Jnr was sued for libel by Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson

IAN Paisley Jnr is to make a donation to a cancer charity as part of a settlement reached in defamation proceedings brought by Sinn Fein MEP Martina Anderson.

Ms Anderson sued the DUP MP for libel over comments made in a radio interview about the closure of the Gallahers cigarette factory in his north Antrim constituency.

The action would have been heard by a judge and jury at the High Court in Belfast if it had gone to trial.

But Mr Justice Stephens was told on Monday the claim has now been settled.

Neither Mr Paisley nor Ms Anderson were present in court.

The Sinn Fein MEP issued proceedings against Mr Paisley after they were interviewed together last October.

At the time it had just been announced that Gallahers plant in Ballymena is to shut down with the loss of nearly 900 jobs.

Although no further details of the case were disclosed in court, Ms Anderson's solicitor confirmed details of the resolution reached.

Padraig O Muirigh said: "The claim was settled in Martina Anderson's favour.

"Costs are being paid by the defendant to include a payment to the Pink Ladies cancer charity in Derry."

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