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Tyrone people 'typically thick'

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Judge McBride made the remarks at Monaghan District Court

A judge has described Tyrone people as "typically thick" after mistaken identity brought the wrong woman to court in Monaghan in the Republic.

Sarah McGrath, 22, from Donaghmore, was wrongly summonsed to court because her details matched another woman's.

Judge Sean Martin McBride told her she showed "typical thickness from Tyrone people" because she had only sterling to pay 50 euros in bail money.

Legal technicalities meant she had to pay to get the case thrown out.

Sinn Féin assembly member Barry McElduff said he was proud to be from Tyrone.

"I find these remarks hard to believe.

"I'm going to write to the minister for justice from the south and ask that he withdraws the remark, " he said.


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