Sunday 25 June 2017

'There is a time and a place where it (the N-word) can be used,' says Ó Snodaigh as Gerry Adams row rages on

'In Sinn Féin they do things rather differently, especially when it comes to Adams'
'In Sinn Féin they do things rather differently, especially when it comes to Adams'
Edmond Lukusa: use of word was inappropriate

Deirdre Reynolds and Conor Feehan

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh insisted the Gerry Adams row was "much ado about nothing" but also claimed "there is a time and a place where it (the N-word) can be used".

The Dublin South-Central TD said: "There is a time and a place where it (the N-word) can be used. I've heard some of the black leaders using it themselves and it's used with a context and people understand."

Defending Mr Adams, he added: "If you look at the context, the history, people need to look at context...Twitter, you have so many characters, maybe it should have been followed up with an explanation for those who don't understand the background and that."

He said Mr Adams is "the exact opposite" of a racist.

"He has been attacked quite viciously over the years for taking positions which wouldn't be popular in different parts of society here and elsewhere.

"He wouldn't be a racist in any shape or form."

Meanwhile, the party's first African-born councillor says that use of the N-word was "inappropriate" - but added that it is his belief the Sinn Féin president had no racist intentions.

Edmond Lukusa, who was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, said he has known Mr Adams "for many years now".

"As a leader he is a supporter of oppressed people," said the Fingal councillor.

"I am sure he used the word in the context of people in struggle.

"The use of the N-word was inappropriate but he is a good man," he added.

Irish Independent

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