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Friday 22 June 2018

Gene Kerrigan: The threat to kill me came from some eejit trying to sound like a Godfather character

It seems we need to point out there's a difference between an insulting joke and a gun, writes Gene Kerrigan

It's important to name things for what they are - and not to confuse one thing with another.
It's important to name things for what they are - and not to confuse one thing with another.
Gene Kerrigan

Gene Kerrigan

The threat to shoot me came in a phone call to my home from some eejit trying to sound like a character from The Godfather. This was back in the late 1980s, when I was working for the Sunday Tribune. It was chilling - for about 30 seconds. Then, common sense kicked in.

The people I wrote about were not gangsters or paramilitaries. Their hatred was real; and so was their wish to be able to swat anyone who disputed their exalted view of themselves. But, their threat wasn't real.

A threat is just words - to be a real threat, it has to have weight behind it. If it doesn't, it's just a pathetic grunt.

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