Eoin Ó Broin appears to back peddle on Gerry Adams comment
Sinn Féin TD Eoin Ó Broin appears to have dropped his demand for Gerry Adams to apologise over a controversial sketch.
Mr Ó Broin had said the former leader of the party should apologise for any ‘offence caused’ in the video in which he posed as a carol singer singing ‘Tiocfaidh ar lá, la, la, la, la’.
His calls for an apology were heavily criticised by other Sinn Féin TDs David Cullinane and Matt Carthy who made it clear they believed Mr Adams had nothing to apologise for.
In the short sketch, to promote a Christmas card for the Derry company Ferry Clever, Mr Adams is seen singing ‘Deck The Halls’ with the lyrics, ‘Tis the season to be jolly, Tiocfaidh ar lá, la, la’.
At the end of the clip when a woman asks who was at the the door a man replies: ‘I can neither confirm nor deny it was carol singers – they haven’t gone away, you know’, before winking at the camera.
Ann Travers, whose 22-year-old sister Mary was shot dead and her father Tom seriously injured in an IRA gun attack in 1984, said she felt “reviled, a deep feeling of disgust and a level of hurt” upon first watching the social media video
Ferry Clever has since confirmed on their Facebook page that they have removed the video and stopped selling a card with Mr Adams in a Santy hat, which read: ‘Tis the season to be jolly. Tiocfaidh ar lá, la, la.’
‘But given the fact that offence has been caused, yes I think for him to apologise for the offence that has been caused would be helpful.’
But speaking on Virgin Media on Tuesday night the Dublin TD said he no longer thought an apology from Mr Adams was necessary because the card had been withdrawn.
He said: ‘Look my view is the company that is responsible for the card and the video has now withdrawn it from circulation they’ve released a statement that statement acknowledges the hurt that’s caused and indicated regret.’
‘My view at this stage is we can draw a line under it.’
He added: ‘What I would ask is that all politicians and former politicians be very, very careful about the language that we use because even when you don’t intend to cause hurt you can do. So I’m happy to draw a line under it.’