Paris murders compared with IRA’s newspaper attack

A masked gunman fire their weapon outside the  French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris.
A masked gunman fire their weapon outside the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo's office, in Paris.

The murders at Paris magazine Charlie Hedbo bear striking similarities to an IRA attack on an Irish newspaper, it has been claimed.

TUV leader Jim Allister said: “The tragic events in Paris will remind people in Northern Ireland of Gerry Adams’s comments last November about the Irish Independent newspaper.

“In a blog entitled The Good Old IRA, Mr Adams stated: ‘When the Irish Independent condemned his actions as “murder most foul” what did Michael Collins do? He dispatched his men to the office of the Independent and held the editor at gunpoint as they dismantled the entire printing machinery and destroyed it’.

“Adams has since refused to retract his comments. The events in Paris remind us of how serious threats against the press are and that contempt for freedom of the press is not limited to Islamic fanatics.”

However, yesterday, Sinn Fein leader Mr Adams strongly condemned the attack on the Paris magazine.

“The attack on the Charlie Hedbo office in Paris and the murder of 12 people is to be condemned outright,” the Louth TD said.

“No grievance, no matter how strongly felt, can justify such action and no cause is served by it.

“My thoughts are with those murdered or injured and their families at this sad time.”