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Noooooo! May 6, 2021

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Thanks to Tomboktu and BH for pointing towards terrible news this evening about our Sunday media…

Long-time Sunday Independent columnist Eoghan Harris will no longer be writing for the paper, with immediate effect.

The decision to terminate Mr Harris’s contract was taken by editor Alan English this week, after the former Senator admitted being involved in the running of an anonymous Twitter account set up in February 2020.

Apparently:

 

“This account was set up in February 2020 under the name of Barbara J Pym, mostly posting tweets about aspects of Irish politics.

“Many of the views expressed – such as opposition to ‘Sinn Féin pressure for a united Ireland’ are in keeping with those articulated by Eoghan Harris in his Sunday Independent column.

 

But… for there is a but…

 

“Having reviewed the account this week I found it frequently went far beyond what I would describe as fair and reasonable comment. Under no circumstances would such material have been published in our newspaper or on Independent.ie.

A nation races towards the twitter account. Too much for the Sunday Independent? Reading through it is an interesting experience. The fingerprints of a certain columnist are not very well disguised, but telling to read about Joe McCann that ‘ posed photo made him a poster boy for the Irish ultraleft – just like all those Che Guevara posters in grotty student bed sits in 1970s’, or the jibe of SFLP at an SDLP politicians article, or the obsessive to the point of mania focus on SF, or comments about others in the media… or the de facto unionism… 

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1. benmadigan - May 6, 2021

Oh the Horror!!!

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WorldbyStorm - May 6, 2021

🙂

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2. Paul Culloty - May 6, 2021

I’m surprised it’s taken them this long to find out – anyone who’s ever interacted with that account knew the tweets followed the same house style as his column.

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WorldbyStorm - May 6, 2021

It’s why I avoid twitter for the most part. Bloody hell, no great effort to conceal it. I imagine it was an open secret but perhaps someone else was going to go public and they realised they had no choice. But it’s been going since this time last year.

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WorldbyStorm - May 6, 2021

Though entertainingly no word on our hero’s fall from grace on it.

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benmadigan - May 6, 2021

“Barbara J. Pym
@barbarapym2
‘Babs ’ is no longer curating this site for health reasons, but ROI comrades, who oppose SF pressure for a united Ireland, will occasionally post material”.

can losing your job be construed as a “health problem”? Suppose so. it is a trauma!

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WorldbyStorm - May 6, 2021

But self-inflicted? That’s a different story!

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3. wesferry - May 6, 2021

I had a conversation with Eoghan Harris once about the WP leadership after he’d left with bitter recriminations and the Mary Robinson campaign for President of Ireland.

Actually, it wasn’t so much a conversation but more of a 30-minute almost non-stop diatribe against De Rossa & Co and about how great Eoghan was.

I’d anticipated a driven personality but he left me stunned by his expletive-laden monologue.

Obsessive verging on a behavioural disorder IMHO.

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EWI - May 7, 2021

Obsessive verging on a behavioural disorder IMHO.

It’s a level of ‘industry’ which has me looking at it in wonder. Even a prominent weekly newspaper column wasn’t enough for him to get it out of his system.

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4. Colm B - May 6, 2021

The fact that a charlatan like Harris has duped so many people for so long, the fact he passed for an intellectual, is an indictment of Irish political culture. His whole career is built on two pillars, a clever turn of phrase, in a adman sort of style, and a bamboozling, bullying shtick, aimed at battering people into submission. It worked for a long time in OSF/WP then bigger fish were fried, Bruton, Ahern etc.

I’m proud to have played a part in his ejection from the WP and pride of place in my collection of mementos is a newspaper column in which he denounced me a Trot (ok, yes, I know, nothing unique there, but at least I can claim membership of that very large club “denounced by Harrass as a Trot” and I’ve got it in writing.

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WorldbyStorm - May 6, 2021

I never got that accolade, but was saying on the other post – he took me to task in the media over something that was said in an interview (an interview which didn’t carry all I’d said either) and the paper refused to print a letter pointing out the inaccuracy of what he’d said.

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5. Paul Culloty - May 6, 2021

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WorldbyStorm - May 6, 2021

It’ll never end.

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6. GearóidGaillimh - May 7, 2021
Enzo - May 7, 2021

Amusingly, Claire Fox was a “Trot” of course.

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GearóidGaillimh - May 7, 2021

Account now suspended, but Pym praised Claire Fox as a ‘former working-class old style communist’. Pym also said she was in ‘a London branch of the CPGB myself’.

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GearóidGaillimh - May 7, 2021

‘She’ in inverted commas of course haha

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Colm B - May 7, 2021

Ever since late 80s Fox’s outfit have been right wing contractions maquereding as left though they have been fully out now as Spiked for a long time.
The Spiked crew have a lot in common with the Harrass gang. Brash, bully style, over the top attacks, hatred for the left, worship at the feet of guru, corporate ships and so on. BTW, I’m sure Harrass has copied a page or two from their book but I doubt if Furedi has even heard of his Irish counterpart.

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Colm B - May 7, 2021

Spellcheck where are you?
Right wing contractions and corporate shils of course.

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WorldbyStorm - May 7, 2021

They really do, they’re an appalling crew, same trajectory.

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EWI - May 7, 2021

BTW, I’m sure Harrass has copied a page or two from their book but I doubt if Furedi has even heard of his Irish counterpart.

Maybe – the David Trimble and Ahmed Chalabi episodes for the Irish Rasputin at least would have been of interest to Spiked! and whoever’s ultimately pulling the strings there.

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wesferry - May 8, 2021

For one-time professed ‘communist’ busy little bees lecturing everyone about how they weren’t being revolutionary enough (and berating the Provos over embracing the Peace Process), the Spiked RCP cadre seem for some reason to be totally acceptable to the Westminster elite.

Claire bagged a peerage in the House of Lords and sister Fiona (former Revolutionary Communist Party/Irish Freedom Movement firebrand) now proudly and unashamedly boasts an Order of the British Empire.

Fiona Bernadette Fox OBE is a British writer. She is the director of the Science Media Centre and a former leading member of the Revolutionary Communist Party. (Wiki)

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7. WorldbyStorm - May 7, 2021

Meanwhile check this out… thanks to JH for the link..

https://krw-law.ie/statement-paul-larkin/

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Colm B - May 7, 2021

Excellent, perhaps it is a Myers moment.

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CL - May 7, 2021

” As I reflect on the topic, I am struck by a disinclination in both academic and journalistic accounts to critique empire and imperialism.” President Michael D Higgins, the Guardian, February 11th, 2021….
President Higgins is not just referring to Irish academic and media channels, but there are clear implications for domestic commentators and their inherent reluctance to critique imperialism. Northern Ireland is, undeniably, an expression of that imperialism….
The academic who has done most to turn the tide and challenge that revisionism is the political scientist Brendan O’Leary….

The only explanation I can think of as to why our intelligentsia’s Pavlovian response to the very mention of sectarianism and collusion in Northern Ireland is to begin shouting about the IRA is because of self-shame – a phenomenon well attested in post-colonial societies. Confusing the IRA with the responsibilities of a sovereign state that was plainly oppressing and sometimes murdering its own citizens is a part of that shame. It comes from sitting on your hands instead of writing about it.” Paul Larkin
https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/defining-the-sub-polity-that-is-northern-ireland-1.4517000

– On 29 March, the profile BarbaraJ.Pym@barbarapym2 posted comments referring to our client and his article published in the Irish Times dated 25 March.
The post referred to our Client’s article as “provo, sectarian poison” and asked, “why was Larkin not asked to tone down the tribal rhetoric?”-
https://krw-law.ie/statement-paul-larkin/

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8. alanmyler - May 7, 2021

More importantly, is this the end now of the CLR Sunday papers slot??

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sonofstan - May 7, 2021

Plenty of other eejits, Alan. The well will never run dry I fear.

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EWI - May 7, 2021

More importantly, is this the end now of the CLR Sunday papers slot??

As with Myers’ ongoing rehabilitation on the right, I think the ongoing Brexit/NI poll stuff will see him always employed

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9. GearóidGaillimh - May 7, 2021
GearóidGaillimh - May 7, 2021
WorldbyStorm - May 7, 2021

Nine accounts? Where did the time come from to do all that stuff? It beggars belief.

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CL - May 7, 2021

” ” Mr Harris confirmed he was involved in running the Barbara Pym account, which he said was operated by a “team of five or six people”. He declined to name these people, saying he did not want to “get them shot.”
However, he denied running any other anonymous accounts. One of the suspended accounts, belongs to a real woman aged in her 40s who was a student of Mr Harris, he said.
He said this woman is appealing the suspension of her account.
“How would I have the energy to run nine accounts,” said Mr Harris who is 79.
In June, Ms Moore tweeted that Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald had just taken her seat as the first female leader of the opposition. “So that’s what turns you on?” the Pym account replied.
Mr Harris denied these tweets were offensive on Friday afternoon and said there is a long history of writers using pseudonyms.
He said he has asked Twitter to go into the Pym account’s private messages to confirm none of them were offensive.”
In June, ”
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/twitter-suspends-nine-accounts-linked-to-profile-used-by-eoghan-harris-1.4558375

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10. Miguel62 - May 8, 2021

Not being a Twitter user or fan, this Pym stuff passed me right by. And it’s suspended now that I’d be curious to take a look at what he was up to! Does anyone know if the internet has a way of storing and retrieving historical data? Isn’t there some kind of ‘time machine’ functionality for websites? Or am I barking up the wrong tree entirely….?

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rockroots - May 8, 2021

The Internet Archive has snapshots of various sites from specific moments, but I don’t think they do social media sites.

However, if you do a google search for this particular twitter account you’ll find a little ‘down arrow’ next to the results list – click it and a ‘cached’ tab will appear, which will take you to a version of the account from a few days ago when it was still active.

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WorldbyStorm - May 8, 2021

Genuinely, I took a look and had to stop after a while. Just bile.

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GearóidGaillimh - May 8, 2021
Colm B - May 9, 2021

WBS your comment reminds me of another key aspect of the Harris and co modus operandi. They always relied on behind the scenes back stabbing and manoeuvring. When it came to winning battles within the WP and unions, they hated open conflict and debate, relying instead on one to one meetings, secretly circulating docs, spreading rumours etc.

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11. Tomboktu - May 8, 2021

On the front page of tomorrow’s Sindo: “Why Eoghan Harris had to go — and the other Twitter accounts he denies running”. The lead visual on the front page is a friendly, relaxed photograph of him leaning on the back of a chair in front of well-stocked bookshelves. The headline for that article is smaller than the headline on the lead story (house prices), but the article seems to have as many column inches as the lead article does, and the photo over three of the six columns on the page makes the article about him the dominant story on the front page.

Index words are not just “The Boot”, “In”, and “Putting” but also “Good” and “Hard”. (And of you could twist a boot, that’d apply too.)

Photo of said front page/boot at this link: https://cedarlounge.files.wordpress.com/2021/05/harrissindo.jpg?resize=219%2C219

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Alibaba - May 9, 2021

Yesterday the publisher at INM said: “Eoghan has been an outstanding columnist of the Sunday Independent. While we are very appreciative of his contributions over the years, we expect all our contributors to act in line with our core values of openness, transparency and the highest journalistic standards.”

And this is said of a man whose use of media, distortions of facts, conspiracy connivings and promotion of fake news has happened over decades. 

The Sindo forked tongued comments will come aplenty today. To which Harris will undoubtedly honk his horn in due course. He was dumped because his anti-Sinn Féin tirades don’t cut it anymore with Sindo readers, or at least to the same extent. Despite having different views on that particular politics, Harris’s demise is something for all of us to celebrate. Cheers!

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WorldbyStorm - May 9, 2021

+1

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12. nollaigoj - May 9, 2021

On another site I recently remarked on the irony of The Scottish Republican Socialist Movement calling for Paula Vennells, former chief executive of the (British) Post Office to be stripped of her CBE (Commander of the British Empire) !
Doesn’t praising The Sinday for sacking the bold Eoghan fall in this category?

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13. Jim Monaghan - May 9, 2021

Now that a lot of stuff is becoming public, I wonder whether the various law suits will yield much more. I suspect that for every reporter etc. targeted, there will be at least ten not so well known people targeted as well. Dick Walsh had his little list as well.What did they do with these lists? Harris was a strong supporter of a witchhunt atmosphere in RTE.
Dick Walsh here. https://villagemagazine.ie/dick-walsh-and-the-secret-committee-which-monitored-the-enemies-of-the-official-ira-in-the-media/
Betty Purcell risked losing her home in taking this case. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/newspaper-apologises-to-rte-editor-1.115859?fbclid=IwAR1tKpoeyQoqO7en9jVjoIDVLVVP7BXIZf1YuuKsA2PvZbLgOO5ZZTRivqA
Vincent Brown on Harris. https://magill.ie/archive/eoghan-harris-and-workers-party

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14. Jim Monaghan - May 9, 2021

Aside from the people known to be attacked by Harris, there wwould be a multiple of others. I hopw the law suits being mentioned will bring a lot more to light.
I think of Dick Walsh’s little list. https://villagemagazine.ie/dick-walsh-and-the-secret-committee-which-monitored-the-enemies-of-the-official-ira-in-the-media/ What use was made of this list. I doubt careers were helped.
Betty Purcell risked losing her home in taking this case. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/newspaper-apologises-to-rte-editor-1.115859?fbclid=IwAR1tKpoeyQoqO7en9jVjoIDVLVVP7BXIZf1YuuKsA2PvZbLgOO5ZZTRivqA
And Vincent brown saw through Harris and co. https://magill.ie/archive/eoghan-harris-and-workers-party

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JIm Monaghan - May 9, 2021

Apologies for the double post, the wonders of the internet.

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