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The Writer Who Wrote An Anti-Irish Article Has Apologised And Resigned

By James Fenton

August 14, 2017 at 12:49pm


On Friday, we published a piece on the deplorable attempt at journalism that was Jim Browne's article for Country Squire magazine.

In it, Browne basically went on a rant against all things Irish and while some of it was definitely below the belt we generally took the piece in good humour. If you missed it, click here. 

Now, it seems that the criticism of the article has led to Browne's resignation and the article has been taken down. 

In an apology Jim writes: 

"Dear Readers,

"I am writing this open letter to you all having sat for twenty four hours or so through the hundreds of right-to-replies the Editor of Country Squire Magazine insisted upon me reading.

"I would like to thank all those who took the time to go out of their way to correct me, who argued with me and even those who chose to cut to the chase and abuse the hell out of me.

"On the one hand, it is important that controversial articles are published that may cause upset. It is important to generate forthright debate about issues affecting our lives.

"On the other hand, it is also important, however, not to publish comments that overstep the mark. Where my column did so in the eyes of so many, I am deeply sorry."

Jim goes on to state that he has nothing against us and he even has an Irish son-in-law:

"I would like to state publicly that I have nothing against the Irish people, some of whom are my friends and family. My daughter is married to a fellow from Galway and I can report I worked with an Irish business colleague for decades without any major turbulences, even during the six nations. My article was targeted wholly at the Irish Government and clearly, for many, my volleys lacked accuracy."

No hard feelings, eh Jim? Check out the full apology here. 

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