Press release

Press briefing: morning 18 December 2014

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The Prime Minister's Official Spokesperson answered questions about the McCarthy case, controlling behaviour, The Interview, Northern Ireland and Al-Sweady.

European Court of Justice ruling

When asked about the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the McCarthy case, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesperson (PMOS) said the government disagreed with the outcome. The case would now return to the High Court. He added that the Prime Minister believes our current approach is the right one.

Controlling and coercive behaviour

When asked about the introduction of a new offence for controlling and coercive behaviour, the PMOS said there was little dispute about the impact that psychological abuse could have on a person, in the same way that physical abuse would also sadly take a considerable toll.

The Interview

When asked about the cancellation of screenings of The Interview, the PMOS said the Prime Minister placed a high importance on the principle of freedom of speech.

Northern Ireland

When asked about the conclusion of the recent Northern Ireland talks, the PMOS said the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach had made a joint statement about why agreement was not possible.

Al-Sweady inquiry

When asked about the lawyers involved in the Al-Sweady inquiry, the PMOS said the Prime Minister shared the views set out by the Defence Secretary yesterday.