- May 23, 2017
When are we going to collectively wise up and stop voting dog-whistling fools into positions of power, who cannot even understand how to stay out of serious trouble on social media?An Alliance Party councillor is to receive a substantial five-figure sum from a former DUP representative for falsely accusing her of being a "mouthpiece for the Provisional IRA".
Graham Craig also issued an unreserved apology to Sorcha Eastwood, the High Court was told on Thursday.
He accepted that his comments on social media were completely unfounded and compromised her security.
Ms Eastwood sued over the contents of a tweet by Mr Craig in August 2018.
The pay-out, which covers damages and legal costs, was confirmed as part of a settlement reached in her libel action.
The tweet was published shortly after Ms Eastwood, who serves on Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, spoke at a rally supporting families of those killed in Ballymurphy in 1971.
Mr Craig, a DUP councillor in Belfast at the time, later deleted it and posted an apology for remarks he accepted were untrue.