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Adams has nothing to apologise for in ‘very Gerry Christmas’ row – O’Neill

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Sinn Fein vice-president Michelle O’Neill has defended her former party leader’s “very Gerry Christmas” video and card initiative.Michelle O’Neill said she does not feel Gerry Adams needs to apologise (PA)© Brian Lawless Michelle O’Neill said she does not feel Gerry Adams needs to apologise (PA)

Gerry Adams has been criticised for the comedy sketch in which several of the Provisional IRA’s best known phrases are used.

The video, which has now been withdrawn, featured the former Sinn Fein president singing “Tis the season to be jolly, tiocfaidh ar la, la, la, la, la”.

Visiting a house as a carol singer, another character repeats the phrase “They haven’t gone away you know”, famously used by Mr Adams in 1995 in reference to the IRA.

Troubles victims including Ann Travers, whose sister Mary was shot dead by IRA gunmen in 1984, have criticised the video.

The Derry-based business Ferry Clever announced on Sunday it was withdrawing the video and card.Former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams (Liam McBurney/PA)© Provided by PA Media Former Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams (Liam McBurney/PA)

In a statement, it said while the business is based around satirical comedy, “it was never our intention to offend anyone”.

It added: “We regularly create videos with well-known and high-profile people for charitable causes specifically to raise awareness and much-needed funds for local charities.

“These initiatives are a very effective way for us to give something back to the local communities we are ultimately here to serve, however we accept in this instance our approach has unintentionally caused hurt which we deeply regret.”

Earlier this week, Sinn Fein TD Eoin O’Broin said while he did not believe Mr Adams had intended to cause hurt, he thought it would be helpful if he issued an apology.

But asked about the row in Belfast on Wednesday, Ms O’Neill said she does not feel Mr Adams has anything to apologise for.

She said: “Gerry Adams regularly does videos, light-hearted videos to support charities. In this instance it was about supporting a charity and I don’t think he has anything to apologise for. He would never have set out to intentionally harm or hurt anyone.

“I am the vice-president of the party and I am saying that I think that Gerry set out to do a light-hearted video to support a charity, he’s retracted the video and I think that’s enough said.”

TUV Lagan Valley  Assembly candidate councillor William Kitchen slammed Ms O’Neill’s response.

“Tiocfaidh ar la is a slogan of the IRA shouted in court as people were found guilty of murder. They are the words on the wall which indicated support for the killers of our loved ones,” he said.

“The response of the person Adams visits when asked if it was carol singers – ‘I can neither confirm nor deny’; making a joke of evasive answers to the police which Republican criminals gave when asked if they had knowledge of offences also clearly goads victims.

“Then we have the quip ‘They haven’t gone away you know’ – a reference to Adams’ response to a cry of ‘Bring back the IRA’ at a 1995 rally.

“It is important to remember that a key part of Mrs O’Neill’s duties as a Minister is to look after and protect the interests of victims. With this response to the Adams video she demonstrates that she is totally unfit for office.”

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