Rape victim Mairia Cahiil has criticised Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams over his ‘editor at gunpoint’ remark saying events in Paris show it’s no joke.
Three gunmen are on the run after launching a terror attack on a French satirical magazine which left 12 people dead.
French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said a manhunt is under way to trace the perpetrators of the raid at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, which angered some Muslims after publishing cartoons of Islam's Prophet Mohammed.
“Today's events show why Adams 'joking' about shooting editors is not funny. Some maniacs do,” Ms Cahill later tweeted.
Ms Cahill rose to public attention in October after she alleged she was raped by a suspected IRA member - but was ordered to take a vow of silence after the republican movement investigated her claims in a "kangaroo court".
Mr Adams later used a US speaking arrangement to turn on the media for its coverage of the sex abuse scandal.
As he spoke he joked about an historical incident where editors were held at gunpoint.
He claimed there was a “campaign of slander” against the party following the BBC Spotlight programme which revealed the Mairia Cahill story.
His comments were widely condemned by several senior ministers and international journalism groups, including the NUJ.
Today's events show why Adams 'joking' about shooting editors is not funny. Some maniacs do.— Mairia Cahill (@mairiac31) January 7, 2015
At the time Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald described the remarks as "abhorrent", while Tanaiste Joan Burton said they represented a threat to the country's free press.
At the time Taoiseach Enda Kenny called the remarks disgraceful, while Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald described them as "abhorrent" and Tanaiste Joan Burton said they represented a threat to the country's free press.
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams comments regarding the editor of the Irish Independent being held ‘at gunpoint’ were ‘at best, careless and, at worst, insidious’, the chairman of Independent News and Media said.
An audio clip of the controversial 'editor at gunpoint' comments that Gerry Adams made at a $500-a-plate New York dinner have emerged online, as the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers has criticised the remarks and urged him to promptly withdraw them.
When we think of Sinn Fein/IRA, their sense of humour doesn't immediately spring to mind. Instead, we think of the violence they have meted out to their enemies, perceived or otherwise. We think of the economic damage they have caused this State and we shudder to think about the further financial catastrophe they would visit upon us if they ever had any real power.