McBrearty to sue as state apology falls short

There are lame apologies, and then there are lame apologies.

‘I am thus authorised on behalf of the defendants to apologise to you for the offending conduct by such members of An Garda Siochana as found by Mr Justice Morris in his second interim report.

‘I am also authorised to express regret for the same and the injury, damage and distress to which your client has thereby been exposed over a substantial period of time.â€?

The response of the McBreartys is summarised by the SBP.

In response, McBrearty’s lawyers wrote back saying that he was “disgusted to realise that, when the defendants came to finally “admit liability’, they have done so in such a conditional and supine manner as to remove its supposed benefit”.

Their civil action against the State will now go ahead.