Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean is always to receive damages from a Belfast councillor who falsely referred to him as a”super Provo”.

Ulster Unionist Party representative Chris McGimpsey, that made the comments, has already issued an unreserved apology.

He explained the unfounded comment were made”in the heat of the moment” to a radio programme.

A additional hearing may now be asked to ascertain the amount of reimbursement to be paid into the winger.

Mr McClean, 29, issued defamation proceedings following UUP councillor’s appearance on BBC Radio Ulster’s Nolan Show in November last year.

The Derry-born footballer’s lawyers told the court that the feedback were then repeated and became the attention of commentary on social networking.

‘The announcement was false’

As part of steps to resolve the legal activity, a barrister for Mr McGimpsey read a statement in open court.

“On November 9, 2018 Christopher McGimpsey made a statement for the duration of a debate on the Stephen Nolan Show by which he called James McClean as being a’super Provo’,” David Dunlop stated.

“Mr McGimpsey did not mean to mention there wasn’t any affiliation between Mr McClean and the Provisional Irish Republican Army.”

The barrister went on:”Mr McGimpsey made this announcement in the heat of this moment and did so without needing sufficient services to take into account the consequences of those words.

“He accepts that the announcement was false and completely inaccurate.

“Mr McGimpsey was no foundation whatsoever for indicating any connection between Mr McClean and the Provisional Irish Republican Army.”

Mr McGimpsey has agreed to pay damages and legal costs on Mr McClean.

Mr Dunlop told Mr Justice Maguire the degree of compensation his client should cover Mr McClean remains established.

The judge agreed to list the situation for a further inspection in might.


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