In response to one very particular aspect of Chris’s blog piece last night on the McQuillan/Durkan story, we received this clarification from the Irish News this afternoon:
In case of any misunderstandings about the Sinn Fein leaflet distributed with the daily papers on Friday, January 26, it probably needs to be pointed out that the Belfast Telegraph morning edition of Thursday, January 25, carried a prominent p2 story announcing that the advertisement would be appearing in the BT the following day. This story would obviously have been written on Wednesday, January 24, so there was no secret well in advance about Sinn Fein’s perfectly valid PR initiative. Suggestions about the Irish News tipping off the SDLP about the leaflet can therefore be seen to be without foundation.
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