Update to Adams & The Irish News

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:

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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.

See also An Phoblacht’s index page for their current issue (scroll to bottom)From the comments section at Gerry Adams’ blog:

Paul Doran said…


Based on your article in An Phoblacht this week I wrote a letter to them today.and received the following

A chara.

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.

Is Mise

Hi Paul,

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.

Noel Doran,
October 11, 2009 5:34 PM

  • John O’Connell

    Nice one, Rusty. Gerry Adams and his field marshals lying through their teeth yet again.

    It should be noted that armed struggle, the tactical use of human suffering, is still advocated by Gerry Adams. He really can’t believe in Jesus Christ therefore despite all the carping claims to be a Catholic.

    “Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist – he denies the father and the son.” (1 John 2:22-23)

    What the New Testament says about Gerry Adam-s:-

    “Your belong to your father, the devil. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there’s no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (Jn 8:44)

  • Dixie Elliott

    Adams having to do a Squinter, well thats one for the books…

  • igor

    So can we now see both side by side to see what the problem areas were?

    I am sure its all a simple mistake and Gerry will agree

  • joeCanuck

    The only thing worse than a scratched record is a broken record.
    Apologies to those who don’t know what a record is.

  • John O’Connell


    I am sure its all a simple mistake and Gerry will agree

    I think you’ll find that Gerry has just thought of a better way of lying through his teeth about the hungerstrikes than hiding in An Phoblacht. That implied that he was hiding something. Tomorrow we’ll get clues as to what he is hiding.

  • John O’Connell


    Tell that to Usain Bolt.

  • Keepitstraight

    Somebodys made a muck up at An Phoblacht and its clearly filtered through. However theres still no doubt from reading the Irish News editorials that it is an SDLP-led newspaper – comparisons between SDLP positions and their comments will provide enough empirical evidence in that regard

  • Keepitstraight

    Lets keep this in context, every newspaper makes mistakes such as the Irish News and Newsletter, the last one was a couple of weeks ago from Brian Feeney – the An Phoblacht mistake is being blown out of proportion for obvious reasons

  • igor

    Obviously the SF Apologists were up late last night

    OK …so let’s see the original and new article posted side by side and we can see what was so desperately worrying for SF?

    Clearly there is something going on here – always remember the mantra boys TRUTH AND JUSTICE

    Can we have a public inquiry on the hunger strike deaths now please? Thought not!

  • Not sure this is a mistake by AP/RN, they were clearly aiming at their supporters overseas and in the South, who I doubt read the Irish News.

    Mistakes are made inadvertently, the decision to publish this piece in AP/RN will have been filtered through ten sub committees, put before a special ten day conference and then a full army convention. Only then would it have been green inked by the Caudillo.

    Ain’t democracy wonderful 😉

  • Rory Carr

    Mick Hall once again substitutes reading the tea leaves for any kind of objective analysis I see.

    When simple reality conflicts with his preferred view he retreats to fantasy for satisfaction.

    I blame it all on the fashion among ultra-leftist opportunists for reading trashy science-fiction and finding signs and portents therein.

  • J Kelly

    its interesting to see were people seek out allies now the irish news is oracle of truth and justice…the same paper that refuses to print volunteer when describing republicans who have fallen

  • kensei

    Never attribute to conspiracy that which can reasonably be attributed to cockup. It’s a good rule.

    Unless people think either An Phoblacht or SF are incapable of cock up?

  • lolling my ass off

    great to see dixie elliot and john o connell in cahoots. two of a kind for definite. party in spadesaspades house at the weekend

  • Reader

    J Kelly: the same paper that refuses to print volunteer when describing republicans who have fallen
    Surely it would be inappropriate to refer to someone as a volunteer unless they have actually been convicted?

  • Rory,

    Hang on in there, it was meant as a throw away joke, not some dialectical materialist deep throat, whatever that may mean, of course I mean dialectical materialist, as even a dim wit like me can work out deep throat. Rory, you old comrade, reading your replies of late I feel only John O’Connell is still in the game; may your God continue to bless you John.

  • John O’Connell

    Mick Hall

    What game is that, Micko?

    She’s your God too, by the way, for only God has given you this insight, not man.