| 4.8°C Dublin

Gerry Adams sneers in INM protest tweet

Close

Gerry Adams posted this picture of INM to his Twitter account

Gerry Adams posted this picture of INM to his Twitter account

Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams posted this picture of INM to his Twitter account

sinn Fein President Gerry Adams became embroiled in another row with Independent News and Media - this time linking it to the water protest.

Adams posted a photo of the front of Independent News and Media in Talbot Street which had been plastered with anti-water protesters posters during a protest on Saturday. The building is located next door to Irish Water headquarters.

"Front of Indo Office 2night. I didn't do it. Neither did Michael Collins. Just saying," Adams wrote.

The remarks by the Sinn Féin leader were referring to earlier comments he made this month about the editor of the Irish Independent which drew international criticism.

Mr Adams gave a speech to followers in New York where he referred to Michael Collins sending Volunteers into the Independent to hold the editor at gunpoint and destroy the printing press.

Chairman of Independent News & Media Leslie Buckley said that the comments represented a veiled threat to the entire free media in Ireland.

Speaking at a business event, Mr Buckley said that the role of a free media in our democracy was of tantamount importance.

"A free press ensures government and public officials are held accountable, the public is informed and citizens are given a voice," he said.

He said the remarks by Mr Adams in New York were at best careless and at worst insidious.

And last night Adams moved to defend his comments on his Leargas blog.

"The attempt to portray my response to all this as an implied threat to journalists is laughable," he said. "It is ludicrous."

hnews@herald.ie


Privacy