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Paisley daughter wins DUP apology
Rhonda Paisley (left) with her father
Rhonda Paisley, seen with father Ian, won an apology from the DUP
Ian Paisley's daughter Rhonda has won an apology from the DUP after she launched a sex discrimination case against the party.

Rhonda Paisley filed her suit after she failed to secure a job as policy officer in 2004.

In an out of court settlment, an agreed statement was issued by the DUP and Ms Paisley.

The party accepted its recruitment procedures were deficient and apologised for any distress caused.

It also said it regretted "the way the issues had been handled".

The DUP said that following a review, it has since put in place best practice procedures for future appointments.

The Equality Commission confirmed that Ms Paisley had withdrawn her application for assistance and added that her complaint to the Industrial Tribunal had also been withdrawn.

Rhonda Paisley is a former DUP councillor and ex-Lady Mayoress of Belfast.

In recent years she has shunned the political limelight to concentrate on her career as an artist.

She previously took a fair employment case against the Arts Council for Northern Ireland, alleging religious discrimination, which she won.

Martina Purdy reports from Stormont

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