Arthur Morgan Watch: Day 21…

Well, confession time (one of several I’ll be making in the next day or two after the last weeks of madness)… I got the day wrong. I said yesterday was day 21. In fact today is day twenty one (sorry Arthur!). Just to keep us right, we’ll be instigating a clock that keeps us straight in future. Now, today, we have nothing to report directly on Deputy Morgan’s lack of a response to his false statement that Gerry Adams’ ‘estranged’ brother:

Although he was a party member, he was never an officer, and certainly was never in the running, as has been stated in the media, for nomination as a candidate in the 1997 Dáil elections

Update, Valerie Robinson in the Irish News reports on how she spent all day yesterday trying to contact Arthur:

Getting desperate I picked up the phone again and rang a usually helpful public relations representative for one of Mr Morgan’s colleagues in the Dail. He told me he’d make a call. Shortly afterwards I received a call from a party PR man in Leinster House reassuring me he would speak to the missing TD on my behalf. He gave me his mobile and landline numbers and told me to contact him “anytime”.

Some hours later I did contact the spokesman, who told me he had spoken to Mr Morgan who was “quite busy” and “in a meeting” and was “quite difficult to track down” but he would keep trying. It helped to know that I was not now alone in my quest for “The Morgan”, I hoped.

However despair set in when by early evening even the Sinn Fein spokesman also became untraceable. Leaving me feel road weary but determined to finish my mission today.

Maybe tomorrow Valerie?? Now, back to the original post... In today’s Irish Times, Gerry Adams has this to say on the political usefulness of silence:

Robinson was standing down for six weeks as First Minister. Had we six weeks to reach agreement? But Gerry Adams didn’t respond because to do so would be setting deadlines, and annoying the DUP. “Least said, soonest mended,” said Adams. Very wise.

Wise indeed, not least since every time Gerry speaks on the subject of his brother’s membership of the party, he prompts more questions. And the Guardian has some interestingly divided opinions from a West Belfast, apparently finding some enjoyment in bind in which Peter Robinson now finds himself:

There are also lingering questions over Gerry Adams’s conduct once he learned that his brother, Liam, had allegedly abused his own daughter from the age of four. West Belfast might have been unified, mostly, in distaste at the conduct of the Robinsons, but on the question of Adams’s behaviour there was rather less agreement.

A number of shoppers, mostly women, reacted indignantly when asked about the Adams affair. “I think that is completely irrelevant, nobody’s interested in that any more,” said one woman called Angela, having coffee with a friend.

But outside the Spar supermarket a little further up the hill, Paul Conlon, who has known Gerry Adams since they were children, said he thought the Sinn Fein president’s position was also “a bit precarious now. He definitely has questions to answer too.” That issue might even explain Sinn Fein’s comparative reticence over the Robinson scandal, he said. “Put it this way: nobody wants to start throwing mud right now.”

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  • jack

    ART is in a bunker somewhere in south Aarmagh ,connor murphy spends a lot of time there too . when difficult questions come up because you have been found to be telling lies its a safe place .Connor is still afraid of the Quinns ,if you go to his house and ask him about Paul Quinn dont put your hand on the door post .. you will loose fingers.

  • jack

    PS .Can someone tell me why Art is called squeaky boots ?

  • Delighted to see you are still looking for Mr Morgan. They hunt him here, they hunt him there…

    Please dont give up on this no matter how much writers cramp you get, there are serious questions he has to answer.

  • Kathy C

    posted by Kathleen Collins

    if it wasn’t so serious…it could be funny. Reminds me of the wizard of oz…singing—“Come out-come out where every you are—-“Imagine a grown man hiding like he is. He’s just afraid of the questions…. did he know and openly lie to defend his leader…or was he told that was the way it was and given the high honnor of speaking for the leader… Anyway you look at it…morgan is now damaged goods.

  • Agreed and like people everywhere we look to find some humour amongst the dross. Its a stretch I admit, there is nothing funny about child abuse.

    He must not be let off the hook. The questions must be answered.

  • Mark McGregor

    Jack,

    That usually refers to a conforming prisoner during the blanket protest.

  • KateMcC

    ‘Many unionists will disapprove of Sinn Féin putting a gun to the DUP’s head over policing..’,
    nice pun Gerry!
    Republicans couldn’t be in a stronger position, if they fail to get the deal done on this basis then they will never get it done! The DUP are negotiating from a very weak point, it’ll be interesting to see what they concede regarding Parades Commission, reserve etc. Difficult to see how the DUP can concede on these issues given that it was they who made them into obstacles to devolution. If they concede it will certainly look like self-centredness on part of party, a sell-out in fact to republicans. However, the alternative is the real possibility of the Assembly falling if Sinn Fein don’t get devolution. Robinson is gone for good, it could be that the deal will be done under Robinson leaving Dodds able to distance himself from it during election battle..my predecessor made the deal, we have to work with what we have blah, blah.
    If SF concede to the DUP on Parades Commission etc. it will be excused as pragmatism but in reality will illustrate its weak negotiating and position via unionism.
    It’s a tough one but both parties narcissitic tendencies have brought them to this place.
    I suspect, Gerry Adams will consider his position if SF succeeds in this deal. Adams can step aside claiming to have left the republican strategy intact…
    As for Arthur, they must be having a difficult time trying to reconcile the truth with his statements…’I know Arthur, you could say you were mentally ill at time, due to being under so much pressure. You could say that you couldn’t distinguish the difference in positions of people in Sinn Fein…sure they’ll swallow anything this lot!’

  • The DUP are in a weakened position True but so are S/F. The shite is flying and youre going to need a pretty big umberella to avoid the splash.

    AS for Mr Morgan he is but a mouth for the head. Things have been said, answers must be forthcoming.

  • Iris Robinson’s real crime is that she has allow SF to sneak behind the media’s charge in her direction.

  • socaire

    The impotent in pursuit of the untouchable. Biggest show in the country!

  • Mark Dowling

    Yes it could be argued that Iris knocked the allegations about child abuse off the front pages.

    Sociare

    This could be taken in several ways! Im going to assume you mean we the public are impotent in our attempts to wring an answer from Mr Morgan from the untouchable republicans. And of course you are right so far, but that is no excuse not to keep on trying.

  • socaire

    We, the public??????????? Semi literate, wannabe Suzanne Breens.

  • Socaire

    And this is your way of dealing with legitimate questions and debate?

    Child abuse is serious no matter who, no matter what, it demands answers.

    I admire Suzanne Breens she is attempting to deal with this most serious matter in the face of hundreds of little ‘socaires’. I can shove just one to the back of my mind with no effort at all. Literacy exists to be used and abused, thats what its all abaut. No wha I mean…

  • socaire

    pippakin, don’t take it so personal. I’m all for investigative journalism for the public enlightenment. [text removed – play the ball – mods] But can you imagine Mr Morgan cowering somewhere in Dundalk, afraid to emerge or answer the door because Slugger’s keyboard killers are on his trail. Get a grip. Now this is not a blanket poke at Slugger just some of it’s more puerile aspects.And semiliterate need not refer to spelling mistakes.

  • Socaire

    Call me old fashioned but I hate the idea that anyone needs to follow English grammar, punctuation, literacy or anything else. Indeed I think its the last home of the ‘got no serious answer’ brigade.

    I doubt Mr Morgan is afraid of anyone outside of the S/F leadership, that again is no reason for giving up the chase.

    Get a grip? I have a grip and I am not letting go. I sincerely hope Slugger keeps up the chase, and so long as he does, and slugger allows, I will find something to say to encourage him and others.

  • sluggisht

    But can you imagine Mr Morgan cowering somewhere in Dundalk, afraid to emerge or answer the door because Slugger’s keyboard killers are on his trail.
    ________________________________________________

    Actually, yes – that is not so hard to imagine since he is nowhere to be found and ‘unavailable for comment’!

    He may not be cowering but he is hiding.

  • socaire

    The words ‘delusion’ and ‘grandeur’ come to mind. I don’t think Arthur Morgan is hiding. He just chooses to ignore the gnat bites from Sluggerettes ie. if he has ever heard of ‘the Campaign’.. And I am oldfashioned enough to believe that if you can’t use English correctly, then you should learn to do so. Standards can’t be allowed to slip because of a few dullards.

  • sluggisht

    Did you not see the Irish News today? Full page. Not just ‘gnat bites from Sluggerettes’. Though we know how much Sinn Fein dislikes the Irish News, SF dismisses them at their peril, as they found out with their recent ill-judged An Phoblacht campaign. [Another Adams cock-up, by the by: cock-a-doodle-doo!]

    Valerie Robinson in the Irish News reports on how she spent all day yesterday trying to contact Arthur:

    Getting desperate I picked up the phone again and rang a usually helpful public relations representative for one of Mr Morgan’s colleagues in the Dail. He told me he’d make a call. Shortly afterwards I received a call from a party PR man in Leinster House reassuring me he would speak to the missing TD on my behalf. He gave me his mobile and landline numbers and told me to contact him “anytime”.

    Some hours later I did contact the spokesman, who told me he had spoken to Mr Morgan who was “quite busy” and “in a meeting” and was “quite difficult to track down” but he would keep trying. It helped to know that I was not now alone in my quest for “The Morgan”, I hoped.

    However despair set in when by early evening even the Sinn Fein spokesman also became untraceable. Leaving me feel road weary but determined to finish my mission today.

    _________________________________________________

    “And I am oldfashioned enough to believe that if you can’t use English correctly, then you should learn to do so. Standards can’t be allowed to slip because of a few dullards.”

    Perhaps then you will take the time to review your own posts for punctuation before submitting them. Dullard is as dullard does.

  • Socaire

    Oh how you love English! But English is always evolving, it takes uses and discards. It always has, English a few hundred years ago bears little resemblance to English today. A confident person says what he or she thinks, not to worry about the punctuation or the grammar. Get the point across and devil take the high road, thats the thing.

    The way you regard English would prevent others, including me perhaps, from writing an opinion down lest we get the spelling wrong or put the punctuation mark in the wrong place. I cant agree with that it would be worse than no vote for women or the unemployed.

    The question is why has Mr Morgan done a disappearing act and when will he answer the questions. Not did we get the spelling right, dot the tees or cross the Is.

  • Mick Fealty

    Guys, cut the man playing and try to keep to your point…

  • socaire

    Settle down, girls. Only taking the Fealty. But I have to admit the remark about my poor punctuation cut to the quick.

  • Mick

    A referee How nice!

    Did I get that right?

    Sorry. Being good now….

  • John O’Connell

    Good luck, Mick, in your attempts to get an honest answer from a thoroughly dishonest party.

  • Socaire

    Nevertheless I enjoyed the sparring. Hope you are not offended.

  • Mick Fealty

    Socaire,

    I’ll blog a short piece tomorrow about why I think it’s important the press asks Deputy Morgan why he said what he said.

    In the meantime… we’ll keep pressing on…

  • socaire

    How could you not love somebody who calls their moth-eaten old cat – pippakin. no ofens.I note the beast has risen.

  • RepublicanStones

    Mick is this Slugger’s version of the Brian Keenan/John McCarthy banner the Irish News had back all those years ago?

    It actually made sense.

  • socaire

    Will look forward to that, Michael. Then, when you get that off your chest we can let this infantile campaign finish.

  • Alan

    Mr Morgan,

    This is really getting pathetic.

    Anyone who wants to contact Mr Morgan can do so. His page on the SF website is at

    http://www.sinnfein.ie/contents/14983

  • Socaire

    Im not arguing honest!

    But infantile in relation to child abuse is certainly apt.

    And Pippa is her name.she wasnt my first choice, I tried Trixielix (another of my cats) but for some reason that name had already been grabbed.

    To the point, the question is: where is Mr Morgan and when will he answer the questions put to him.

  • Mick Fealty

    RS, it might turn into that if we run out of material. But at the moment, it seems to be getting a useful response from the Irish News.

    For now, it’s an interesting insight into how a party/organisation goes about not answering questions. Call it a documentation process.

    If there is a simple explanation to the Deputy’s misinformation, let him come forward and clarify.

    But given some of the grave charges being laid at Liam Adams, there is a clear public interest in finding out why a senior public representative might choose to conceal that that same individual was accorded both status and responsibility within his organisation.

    I am not presuming what those reasons are and others should not attempt to either. It is for Deputy Morgan alone to answer the question.

  • Halfer

    Why do you find the questioning those caught telling lies infantile?

    Was Artur Morgan accurate in his opinion of Liam Adams role?

    Don’t you think that the questions asked about Gerry Adams’ untruths are pertinent, particularly given the fact that it concerns a charge as serious as sheltering a rapist?

  • Halfer

    I understand you have serious questions that need answers quickly.

    It has I known been a long wait, but to quote an old, old saying: everything comes to he who waits.

    Be patient the questions wont go away and answers will eventually be extracted, rather more painlessly, I might add, than has hitherto been the case.

  • Danny O’Connor

    Maybe with all this cold weather Arthur is snuggled up under a blanket,

  • They are not convicted of anything, but is it too much to expect answers?

    Mr Morgan may have misunderstood the question, he may have been having a bad hair day, who knows, but he must answer the question, when he does, then the process moves forward.

  • Dixie Elliott

    I put in down to the recent weather and Arthur was skating on thin ice wasn’t he?

    He might resurface after the thaw…

  • Mick Fealty

    Socaire,

    Craic is craic, but that was not funny…

  • socaire

    You’re right it’s not funny , Mick . If only you were as quick to jump on the people who act as if it was the case. None of these people have been even accused of anything but some posters have them hung already.

  • Scaramoosh

    I hear a rumour that the guy behind the Mrs Robinson Spoof song (150,000 hits) is going to adapt Sound of Silence in homage to Arthur;

  • JD

    Fair play Mick – keep it up!

    Whatever about Arthur Morgan being unable to provide the media with an explanation, I have no doubt his rivals in FF & FG in Louth will be running a ruthless whsipering campaign against him. In addition to this I am sure there are quite a few Sinn Fein activists in Louth that are sickened by what they have discovered about their former comhairle ceantair chair and the fact the party leader kept it secret from them.

    With a much reduced election team and a no holes barred whispering campaign by his opponents I expect that deputy Morgan’s political carer will not last past the next election.

    Still we need an explanation from Arthur now – keep asking.

  • JD

    Subject to his answers of course I see no need for this to end Mr Morgans career, any more than it will do terminal damage to Sinn Fein.

    Mr Morgan has questions to answer and he needs to explain why the original statement he made was so misleading, thats it.

    He probably had no more idea about Liam Adams than anyone else.

    He must answer those questions they relate to the most serious accusations.

  • Dixie Elliott

    Gerry’s most recent blog…

    http://leargas.blogspot.com/

  • jack

    ok lets move back to the source of Arts problem, Gerry.I believe the SF leader has been overheard praying in Clonard for more bad weather…Not going to be easy facing sf down south now.This meeting has the potential to get Art out of hiding.

  • As my own tiny blog states I sympathise with Gerry Adams dilemma, if he is telling the truth, his reactions appear fairly typical.

    The question MR Morgan has to answer remains and in light of further accusations, need a full explanation.

    I am thankful to see that Slugger is still trying to contact him.

  • How about a prosecution watch or a PSNI watch, documenting how long it takes to produce the documentation to arrest the alleged abuser, now that there is no longer any need to continue the Arthur Morgan nonsense.

  • Why is the necessity for Mr Morgan to answer questions seen as nonsense? The Robinsons are being torn apart over what is arguably a far less serious matter, pertaining as it does to mere, money, power and sex.

    This is about child abuse and although it has occasionally taken flights of rhetoric and mild abuse of subscribers, the core has remained steadfast in its insistence on answers.

  • Halfer

    “How about a prosecution watch or a PSNI watch, documenting how long it takes to produce the documentation to arrest the alleged abuser,”

    Not our job victor1…surely the DPP’s are putting manners on the PSNI… or do you take SF propoganda selectively?

    Artur Morgan’s rush over the cliff to defend Adams lying needs to be addressed…but in my opinion its a side issue to Adams continued lying to cover for his actions regarding his brother.

  • “This is about child abuse and although it has occasionally taken flights of rhetoric and mild abuse of subscribers, the core has remained steadfast in its insistence on answers.” Posted by pippakin.

    Exactly! it’s about an alleged child abuse case! The comedic way it has been handled here and in the Irish news, cannot be justified nor accepted by any right minded person with a modicum of concern for the alleged victim.
    Anyone with the least bit of concern surrounding this case should be screaming from the rooftops for Liam Adams to be arrested and at the very least quizzed over the allegation, and charged if there is a case to answer, instead we have a silly little countdown and jokes, wise up and get real, if there is a case to answer here it is by Liam Adams, and as the PSNI are in no hurry to arrest him, questions should be asked of them and the DPP as to why.

    Halfer, why is it not our job to ask questions of the Police and the DPP, we ask questions of everyone else about everything else, why should they be exempt from our queries ? Get Liam Adams scooped, and let’s get the truth out of him, if he’s guilty let’s get him off the streets to ensure our children are safe. It seems to me that Journalists and some contributors on here in particular, are less interested in an alleged child abuser than they are in the personality of Gerry Adams, now that for me is a shame.