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5.5m award for Donegal publican 02.11.07

DONEGAL publican Frank McBrearty said he had received justice at last after his award this week of 5.5m damages and court costs arising from Garda misconduct.
He was speaking on the steps of the High Court in Castlebar after a settlement was reached in respect of his second claim for personal damages.
He said that he and his wife Rosalind had received justice 11 years after the Gardai tried to frame him and his family for crimes that had never happened.
"Having failed to frame us and put us in prison for crimes which never took place, the Gardai tried to destroy our business by prosecuting me and my family and staff with 160 charges in the district court.
"We have spent over 1m defending our family against the abuse of An Garda Siochana and at long last we have received justice," he said.
He was awarded 2m in personal damages on Wednesday for unlawful arrest, libel, malicious prosecution and wrongful imprisonment by Gardai.
The award came after a day of legal negotiations at Castlebar High Court. Last week, the Donegal publican was awarded nearly 2.5m in respect of damages to his business caused by Garda harassment.
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