Derry charity are to benefit from libel award

Derry's Pink Ladies are to benefit from libel settlement.
Derry's Pink Ladies are to benefit from libel settlement.

A Derry based cancer charity are to benefit financially from a libel settlement against a DUP MP after he was sued by Sinn Fein MEP, Martina Anderson.

Ms Anderson brought defamation proceedings against Ian Paisley MP over an interview regarding the closure of County Antrim cigarette factory Gallaher’s.

The case was listed to be heard in the high court in Belfast, but the judge in the case, Mr Justice Stephens was instead informed that the matter had been settled.

Martina Anderson’s legal action began after she took part in a radio interview with the North Antrim MP about the closure of the Ballymena based cigarette factory back in October, 2014.

Hundreds of job losses had been announced at the plant, one of the largest employers in Mr Paisley’s constituency. Almost 900 people were laid off at the tobacco factory.

No details of the libel contest were given at the court hearing in Belfast yesterday and neither Ian Paisley nor Martina Anderson were present in court.

However, solicitor for the Sinn Fein MEP, Padraig O Muirigh later 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.”

The Pink Ladies is a Cancer group providing a range of support services for women and men. The group provides programmes, services and events information workshops, fundraising and supporting other charities.