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Victims campaigner calls on PSNI to review Joe Brolly's inteview over pundit's kidney donation claim

Sports pundit Joe Brolly has spoken in a recent interview of his 2012 donation of a kidney to a stranger.

A VICTIMS campaigner has called for the PSNI to review a claim made by GAA pundit Joe Brolly that he donated a kidney to "atone for the taking of human life by people close to me".

The All-Ireland winner gave an interview in which he discussed the reasons for his 2012 donation.

He told Virgin Media Sport that it was made to help him "breathe more easily" following his experiences during the Troubles.

He said giving the organ "was to atone for the taking of human life by people close to me. To sort of make amends for that".

He did not give any details about to whom he was referring.

Mr Brolly went on to describe his childhood in Dungiven in which he recalled IRA figures, including the late Martin McGuinness, using his home as a hideout while on the run.

Kenny Donaldson of the Innocent Victims United group, said the interview left Mr Brolly with further questions to answer.

"I believe the PSNI should review this interview to see if there is something that merits an interview of their own," he told The Irish News.

"Joe and very many others need to disclose their knowledge and in-so-doing, potentially bring transparency to events which have created thousands of innocent victims.

"What taking of human life is Mr Brolly referring to and who close to him took life?"

The PSNI was contacted last night by The Irish News for a comment.

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