On 20 May 2013 at 8.23pm and 21 May at 11.45am Francis Molloy issued two press releases through Sinn Féin press office relating to the USPCA.
The first of those press releases indicated that the USPCA were to plead guilty to charges of animal cruelty in Armagh Court on 21 May 2013.
The second of those statements went on to allege that the USPCA had been found guilty of negligence.
It has been pointed out to us that the statements contained in these press releases were inaccurate and were defamatory of the USPCA as an organisation.
Sinn Féin and Francis Molloy wish to clarify that they accept that the USPCA did not face any criminal charges and did not plead guilty to any such charges.
Nor was there any court finding against the USPCA.
Sinn Féin and Francis Molloy retract both statements and apologise unreservedly to the USPCA.