This week’s issue of An Phoblacht, as noted below, contained an attack on the Irish News written by Gerry Adams, which was prefaced by a claim that the Irish News had refused Adams a right-of-reply. This comment has appeared on Gerry Adams’ blog this evening, from a Paul Doran (no relation to Noel Doran), who wrote to the Irish News to complain about their treatment of Adams after reading about it in An Phoblacht. He has reproduced the exchange between himself and Noel Doran, the editor of the Irish News. (It should be noted that all comments on Adams’ blog are pre-moderated, which means they are vetted before they are published.) It seems An Phoblacht was lying about the Irish News and Sinn Fein owes them a big public apology in addition to the private ones they are falling all over themselves issuing at present. Tomorrow’s edition of the Irish News will carry an apology along with Adams’ revised article about the 1981 Hunger Strike. (Full text of comment follows the jump.)
UPDATE: This just in from An Phoblacht:
In this weeks An Phoblacht newspaper we published an article from Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams on the 1980/81 Hunger Strikes.
We claimed that the Irish News had refused to publish it.
This was untrue.
An Phoblacht regret this and are happy to clarify the point.
Based on your article in An Phoblacht this week I wrote a letter to them today.and received the following
I am greatly annoyed that you have failed to publish the article by Gerry Adams which appeared in An Phoblacht this week. When you would publish comments from the likes of Gareth Fitzgerald.
Thanks for your message. Everything which An
Phoblacht said about the Irish News was untrue.
We approached Gerry Adams over a seven-week
period in advance of our hunger strike coverage,
asking him for either an interview or an opinion
article, but he was unavailable. After the
coverage appeared, we approached him again to see
if he could comment on the issues arising. At no
stage did Sinn Fein seek a right of reply, as An
Phoblacht claimed. The article which we had
requested eventually arrived, and we immediately
agreed to publish it. As it was much longer than
expected, and would require a response from the
paper, we told the party in writing that it would
appear within a matter of days. The party then
changed its mind, withdrew the original article
from Mr Adams and said it would submit a revised version shortly.
An Phoblacht made no attempt to check any of this
with the Irish News, and instead proceeded with
its false allegations against our paper. We have
since received a series of private apologies from
Sinn Fein representatives, and we are expecting
an on-the-record statement from the party
shortly. We have also, today, finally received
the revised opinion article from Mr Adams, which
we intend to publish tomorrow. We further expect
that An Phoblacht will issue an apology to the Irish News in its next edition.
October 11, 2009 5:34 PM