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Former RTÉ pundit Joe Brolly launches legal action against national broadcaster

Former RTÉ pundit Joe Brolly has launched defamation proceedings against RTÉ.

The 51-year-old is a practising barrister, former GAA player for Derry and also worked on the Sunday Game programme until 2019.

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The proceedings were filed at the High Court yesterday and it’s understood that Brolly will be represented by Rennick Solicitors.

As a result of his contract not being renewed by RTÉ, he took up a role as part of eir Sport’s Allianz Football League coverage.

Last March, Brolly appeared on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne live where a discussion on a United Ireland was underway. The interview was cut halfway through the discussion and Brolly’s video link was shut down.

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The national broadcaster shut off his video link after he made comments about the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), linking them to homophobia and racism.

Brolly described the act as highly disrespectful especially after being asked to appear on the show many times.

An RTÉ spokesperson stated that the broadcaster does not comment on legal matters.

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