The Irish Independent was accused of promoting a ‘policy of hate‘ during it coverage of the Dublin Lock-Out in 1913. The paper took a similar stance against the leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916. Printing an article that included the following;
“No terms of denunciation that pen could indict would be too strong to apply to those responsible for the insane and criminal rising of last week… ”
Irish Independent, May 4th 1916.
Both these points were made by Sinn Féin party leader, Gerry Adams at the launch of Matt Carthy’s European Parliamentary election campaign last Sunday evening. He was responding a poll in the Irish Independent over the weekend which ran under the headline, ‘Poll: FG get it in the neck, Sinn Féin rampant; new party call‘.
To a packed audience in the Hillgrove Hotel in Co. Monaghan, Adams said that those gathered in the room would, in 1913, have traveled to Dublin to help feed the starving workers and their families during the Lock-Out.
He added that in 1916, they would have stood side by side with Pádraig Pearse when the Proclamation, addressed to Irish Men and Irish Women, was read out on the steps of the G.P.O. A document that was before its’ time, before women even had the vote.
And today, the type of people to oppose imposed austerity, enforced immigration and unfair taxes on ordinary citizens and their families.