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civil case Joe Brolly launches defamation proceedings against RTE

A former GAA player for Derry, and a practicing barrister, Brolly was a regular pundit on RTÉ’s The Sunday Game programme until 2019

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Joe Brolly

Joe Brolly

Legal proceedings have been issued against RTE by Joe Brolly, a former pundit for the broadcaster. 

It is understood that the 51-year-old, who is represented by Rennick solicitors, is taking a defamation case against his former employer.

A former GAA player for Derry, and a practicing barrister, Brolly was a regular pundit on RTÉ’s The Sunday Game programme until 2019.

After his contract was not renewed by RTÉ, he took up a role as part of eir Sport’s Allianz Football League coverage last year.

In March this year, he appeared on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live via video link to participate in a discussion about a united Ireland.

However, following comments he made about the DUP Ms Byrne moved away from Mr Brolly and back to the guests in-studio. The link to Mr Brolly’s video chat was then removed from the screen RTÉ studio screen.

After the show, Mr Brolly wrote on Twitter that he was "taken off air" due to his remarks, and shared screenshots of news stories which, he claimed, backed up his points.

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