The Co Donegal based Polish national has accepted the apology and said she would have reacted in the same way if she had been told the bogus version of her interview with a Polish newspaper.
The story originated from an Irish journalist based in Krakow whose translation of the story turned out to be wrong.
Donegal Senator Harte confirmed to donegaldaily.com that he had spoken with ‘Magda’ this evening.
“I told her that I had given a comment based on information which turned out to be wrong and I apologised if I had caused her any offence,” said the senator.
“My main comment at the time was in defence of Polish and other non-nationals who live here and she was very gracious, accepted the apology and said she would have reacted in the same way had she been told that someone had insulted her home town.
“She said she didn’t blame me for the comments, but the journalist in Poland who had mistranslated the original article.”
Senator Harte added: “I am on public record on many occasions and despise racism and racists. It is well known that several non-nationals worked on my campaign during the last general election,” he said.
Senator Harte said he didn’t want to comment however on Tweets he sent to political opponents who had “tried to twist the facts” on the story.
He has since apologised for his reaction to the messages on Twitter.
However donegaldaily.com has seen three messages sent to Senator Harte, two of which were vile defamatory personal attacks on him and his family.
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