Sinn Fein Apologises to USPCA Over Defamatory Statements
This retraction and apology was issued by Sinn Fein Press Office in relation to two defamatory statements issued at the behest of Francis Molloy MP.
The USPCA is accustomed to dealing with disingenuous attacks on its integrity from those who exploit and abuse animals. Inaccuracy and defamation on the part of an elected representative falls well short of the standards rightly expected by our members.
This statement sets the record straight and the unreserved apology it contains is welcomed by the USPCA, a Charity committed to the advancement of animal welfare.
On 20 May 2013 at 8.23pm and 21 May at 11.45am Francis Molloy issued two press releases through Sinn Féin press office relating to the USPCA. The first of those press releases indicate that the USPCA were to plead guilty to charges of animal cruelty in Armagh Court on 21 May 2013. The second of those statements went on to allege that the USPCA had been found guilty of negligence.
It has been pointed out to us that the statements contained in these press releases were inaccurate and were defamatory of the USPCA as an organisation. Sinn Féin and Francis Molloy wish to clarify that they accept that the USPCA did not face any criminal charges and did not plead guilty to any such charges. Nor was there any court finding against the USPCA. Sinn Féin and Francis Molloy retract both statements and apologise unreservedly to the USPCA.