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Council denies bogus BBC reporter claim

Thursday, 28 September 2017

MID and East Antrim Council has denied that any employee posed as a BBC reporter to garner information about a court case involving the family of its chief executive, Anne Donaghy.
Last week a brother-in-law of Ms. Donaghy, Anthony McBride, was convicted of assaulting her father, Mr Jonny Fee, in a family dispute over property.
It was alleged at Dungannon Magistrate's court last Monday, September 18, that the week before the assault, three of Mr Fee's children, including Ms. Donaghy, had arrived at his home to pressurise him to sign over his property.
The following day after coverage of the case appeared in the Irish News, Ms. Donaghy, wrote to all 40 councillors advising them not to discuss the matter if they were approached.
In her email she said: "A story in relation to a court case against my late sister's partner appeared on the front page of today's Irish News.
“The report carries allegations in relation to myself and my other siblings.
“My siblings and I have been estranged from my father for many years and I am extremely disappointed that these untrue allegations have been made in such a public way."
The chief executive said if members were approached they should refer queries to the council's press office.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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