Wednesday 16 January 2019

Racist slur by Adams sparks new SF crisis

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke

Philip Ryan and Allison Bray

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams is expected to be forced to apologise for his apparent use of a racist slur against black people.

Mr Adams was at the centre of an international storm after his use of the word "n****r" drew condemnation from both sides of the Atlantic.

The slur is particularly damaging for Sinn Féin in the US. The party is hugely active in the United States, where it lobbies politically in Washington DC and holds fundraisers in major cities.

The controversy began late last night when the Sinn Féin president put the racist phrase on his Twitter account. He quickly deleted the derogatory word after a backlash from users of the website.

But in the intervening period, the comment was picked up by international news outlets. In the US, 'The Washington Times' reported: "The longtime leader of Irish Republican Army's political wing used the most toxic of all racial slurs Sunday night."

The Sinn Féin President has been forced to recant before. Two years ago, Mr Adams apologised for his use of the word "bastards".

But he insisted he was referring to bigots, racists and homophobes and not to all unionists.

Irish Independent

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