SDLP’s Byrne expresses hurt at Durkan’s advert as Irish News issues apology

Joe Byrne, the SDLP politican who sat on the selection panel which appointed Hugh Orde as Chief Constable of the PSNI, has expressed his ‘hurt’ and ‘isolation’ over his own former party leader’s claims carried in the now infamous Irish News advert. The Irish News today carried a formal apology for Alan McQuillan arising out of the “perceived references” to him in the SDLP advert. The paper also, helpfully, issued a statement to our very own Slugger in the past 24 hours about one aspect of my earlier blog on the McQuillan/ Durkan affair.