Page last updated at 08:22 GMT, Friday, 16 May 2008 09:22 UK

Tyrone people 'typically thick'

Justice statue
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.

Shotgun judge 'sorry' for remark
16 Mar 07 |  Northern Ireland

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2018 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific