Wednesday 18 September 2019

Boris's sister criticised for 'clear English' remarks

Rachel Johnson
Rachel Johnson
Sky News anchor Kay Burley at Dublin Castle on Saturday. Picture: Mark Condren
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

British journalist Rachel Johnson is facing a backlash after praising Sky News for covering the referendum in "clear English, not Gaelic".

Ms Johnson, who is the sister of British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, gave "huge praise" to Beth Rigby and Kay Burley for "world-class award-winning reporting every step of the way of this powerful and moving and divisive story".

She said they "helped comprehension in mainland UK by speaking in clear English, not Gaelic, throughout".

The comments were met with derision on social media by users criticising her use of the phrase "mainland UK" and apparent unhappiness with Gaelic.

However, last night Ms Johnson tweeted an apology: "I made a moronic reference to 'Gaelic' in my tweet...and Twitter has rightly pointed out in how many ways I fecked up in using that word. Sorry."

The Sky News team was among more than 300 journalists accredited for Dublin Castle, ensuring the story of the referendum travelled the globe.

Photographs from the castle featured prominently in international newspapers, including on the front of the 'New York Times' and the 'Daily Telegraph'.

Several media outlets remarked how the vote was a blow to the already weakened authority of the Catholic Church.

The 'New York Times' said the "surprising landslide, reflected in the results announced on Saturday, cemented the nation's liberal shift at a time when right-wing populism is on the rise in Europe and the Trump administration is imposing curbs on abortion rights."

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