Judge offers unreserved apology for 'Polish charity' comment

Judge Mary Devins has today offered a new appolgy 'unreservedly and without qualification' following her recent comments about social welfare.

Judge Mary Devins has today offered a new apology 'unreservedly and without qualification' following her recent comments about social welfare.

Last Friday, when Castlebar District Court questioned if there was a Polish charity in Ireland, Judge Devins remarked: “A Polish charity? There is. It’s called the social welfare.”

"In response to my clarification and apology of yesterday regarding my recent comments I would like to add the following," read a statement from Judge Devins.

"I unreservedly and without qualification apologise for my off the cuff comments at a recent court case.

"I understand and accept the hurt these comments caused to members of the Polish community. This was never my intention and I express my sorrow for same.

"My previous clarification was an attempt to provide a context and was not intended in any way to dilute my apology for such unwarranted comments."

The Irish Polish Society has accepted the previous apology, but the Integration Centre previously said that it would lodge a complaint at Pearse Street Garda Station under the Garda Racist Reporting Mechanism.

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