Judge Mary Devins issues second apology
Following the outcry surrounding her apology for recent comments about social welfare, Judge Mary Devins (pictured) has this afternoon issued a second apology.
“In response to my clarification and apology of yesterday regarding my recent comments I would like to add the following:
“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.”
Judge Devins’s first apology, issued yesterday evening, drew much criticism, with Mayo Intercultural Action stating that it did ‘not retract the statement made nor apologise for the sentiment it conveyed’.
Advocacy group The Integration Centre said the judge’s first statement was ‘rambling, contrived and spurious’ and that it planned to make a formal complaint to the Gardaí under the Garda Racist Reporting Mechanism. However, The Integration Centre has decided not to make a formal complaint following today’s second statement by Judge Devins.