Tuesday, March 06, 2007
New Independent Left Alliance leak
I wish to apologise for publishing what I believed to be a press release from the Independent Irish left, whereas it was in fact a draft document in circulation that had not been agreed by all the parties involved.
This document had been sent to me in good faith by an Irish trade unionist who also believed it was a press release. I understand that he has made his identity known to the Independent Irish Left, however in the journalistic tradition of protecting my sources I cannot comment further on that aspect of this issue.
I understand that the statement I published included details of some individuals who may not yet have formally agreed to sign up to the Independent Irish left, and therefore the premature publication may cause some embarassment and even comromise the project. That was certainly never my intenion, which had been quite the opposite to publicise what I regard as good practice on the left of working together.
Regretably, my action in taking the statement down may be too late, because it has now been reproduced on Indymedia Ireland. However I hope that not too much mischief will be made.
Finally thank you to the Irish comrades who promptly brought the error to my attention, and I am pleased that they have started from the correct assumption that I was acting in good faith.
I wish the Independent Left Alliance, and all socialists in Ireland the greatest success.