Chinese whispers

Sometimes, we’re not very good at getting our story straight.

Seven people were arrested today. But what do we know?

The initial Garda press release was to the point. Four men and three women arrested.

There was a press briefing at 4.30pm. Anything above and beyond what the release said presumably came from there.

RTE “understands” all those arrested “have refugee status and are legally in the country” and “are originally from Morocco and Yemen.”

The Irish Independent says some were “originally from Algeria, Libya, the United States and Palestine and have been legally in Ireland for up to ten years.” One is a naturalised Irish citizen.

The Irish Times says all those arrested are foreign nationals. To the list of nationalities in the Independent, they add Croatia. All are legally resident in Ireland.

The Examiner, however, says that “some of those arrested hold Irish citizenship”. On nationality, it goes no further than saying “a number are originally from the middle East.”

So what do we know? None, one or more Irish citizens were arrested this morning.

And to think I started writing this article because we couldn’t agree how to spell al Qaeda.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.