Well… this is awkward.
We know the Irish language is tough, there are plenty of words that we can’t say ourselves so we’re not throwing (that much) shade, but thinking a political party is actually a leader’s name is pretty funny, and well worth a wee slag all in the name of fun.
Irish journalist Aoife Grace Moore who is living in Oz was quick to spot the error and highlight it via her Twitter account:
I’m a Northern Ireland native journalist and can’t find full time paid work, but someone at Sky News Australia thinks Sinn Fein is a person. pic.twitter.com/F2pDpYSEsR
— aoife-grace moore. (@aoifegracemoore) June 16, 2017
The article they shared featured an image of Gerry Adams, the fact that he’s also now a member of the DUP is quite interesting too:
“Democratic Unionist Party’s Sinn Féin says he will oppose any deal with UK Prime Minister Theresa May that undermines a 1998 peace deal.”
Again, we must reiterate, we KNOW that people make mistakes. That doesn’t stop the hilarity from ensuing online:
I think it’s short for Sinn Feinstein, and he’s an old mate of Dee Youpee.
— Mikey Franklin (@mikeyfranklin) June 16, 2017
To be fair, I thought Gerry Adams was called Sinn Fein. Until I was about six.
— Mark Worgan ?? (@worgztheowl) June 16, 2017
Writer should go straight to the Sinn bin.
— John Whistler (@johnawhistler) June 16, 2017
Most Australians would be happy to send SkyNews back where it came from.
— Mark D’Astoli (@markdas70) June 16, 2017
he’s getting recognized more and more these days
— Sophie Weiner (@sophcw) June 16, 2017
Can you give me 1500 words on Irish politician Fiona Fáil?
— Steven Gabb (@stevegabb) June 16, 2017
A positive thing to come out of this blunder is that it looks like the journalist in question could get a job out of it!
— Simoney Kyriakou (@MoorgateMermaid) June 17, 2017
Fair play Aoife!