“supervised by Sinn Fein”

In the Irish News [subs req] Sinn Féin claim that James Monaghan, who is still wanted in Colombia, approached the party to help with the publicity for his account of his time in South America – he’s still claiming to have been observing the peace process in that country.. despite what other sources say. But the party’s involvement, and their apparent strategy, has angered the book’s publisher, Steve McDonogh of Brandon Books, as several reports detail. And the publisher has not held back with his criticism

Mr MacDonogh said his understanding was that the order blocking broadcast interviews did not come from Sinn Fein. However, he said yesterday he has now been told Mr Monaghan’s print interviews will be “supervised by Sinn Fein”. “As far as I understand Sinn Fein will choose which publications he speaks to,” he said. “That isn’t the way Brandon (Books) does business. We won’t take part in such a censorious approach. With our authors, we want them to be available to all the media.”

The UTV report has more quotes from the publisher

But Steve McDonogh, chief executive of publishing house Brandon Books, claimed Monaghan told him that IRA colleagues were attempting to block media interviews about his time in Colombia.

“He (James Monaghan) told me that he was advised by colleagues in the republican movement that he should not do any television, or any radio either,” Mr McDonogh said.

The publisher also claimed a Sinn Fein spokeswoman warned him that any interviews that did take place would be severely restricted.

“She said he would not be permitted to do television or radio interviews, but would be told to do interviews with the print media,” Mr McDonogh said.

“I said their strategy was utterly ridiculous – that I can say yes to one media outlet and no to another.”.

Meanwhile the Irish Examiner report has an interesting quote from James Monaghan

“I’d been talking with Sinn Féin and the idea was… you could be, as it were, ambushed on a programme where you find yourself — although you’re right, if you’re against some very articulate and hostile people, then you can end up being made a fool of.”

[Especially when they ask “stupid” questions.. – Ed]

And more from the publisher

“We undertook publication of this book in good faith and under the terms of a contract which, among other things, committed the author to co-operate with our promotional efforts,” said Brandon.

“However, to our complete surprise, the author has withdrawn from any co-operation with broadcast media, calling a halt in particular to discussions about his proposed appearance on the Late Late Show. He has done so on the orders of the republican movement.”

  • Garibaldy

    One way to organise your media strategy.

  • Pete Baker


    The question is whose media strategy is being served.

  • Outstanding in my field

    But hey evryone now knows about the book.

  • db

    Perhaps his words could just be spoken by an actor during interviews!!!!!

  • Gerry Lvs Castro

    Sinn Fein — champions of free speech — as long as we’ve cleared it beforehand.
    Anyone fancy voting for these clowns?

  • Nevin

    .. “supervised by Sinn Fein” on behalf of the Munificent Seven: the Army Council and ‘legitimate government’.

    It’s pantomime time again with Snow White Monaghan and the Seven Dwarfs …

  • toecutter

    i must have every book about the northern troubles but i wont be buying james monaghans book.as now i can see the liars sinn fein are.do i want to read a book how monaghan and co went to columbia to study the columbian peace process when in fact they wer taking the narco dollars of the biggest cocaine cartels in the world in retusn for weapons technology.now its not as soscifaced as lockheed martin r one of the other big arms manufactures but the ra has some nice morter technology that the cocaine cartel backed f.a.r.c would like to get their hands on.tiochraidh ar la used to be the republican buzz word now it was replaced wit crimnality.thats the word they throw about now trying ti legitamise itself .so tell the truth and maybe i mite buy a copy.

  • CTN

    As a senior republican Jim should know how to handle an “ambush” but his latest gaffe that he could make a fool out of himself by saying the wrong thing coupled with this supervisory allegation (however unproven) makes him look like a wee boy needing stabilisers for his bike.

    Do yourself and the hilarious provisional movement a favour Jim- zip it about the rumble in the jungle….

  • Kathy_C

    posted by Kathy C

    Hi all,

    Sinn fein is very insecure and how they show it is by stiffling any critism or any thing they can’t control. They think they are the Republican police force enforcing the political will of martin mcguiness who seems to be overly giddy with working by the side of ian paisly. And it also seems that any one who writes a book that isn’t gerry adams…doesn’t seem to get the same republican support as dear old gerry. personally, their poltical days are numbered and their actions are showing they are running scared.