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Bomb-backing editor Roy Greenslade doubted IRA 'rape victim' in newspaper article

A former Fleet Street editor attacked an alleged IRA rape victim in a newspaper article while hiding his own support for the terrorists.

Ex-Daily Mirror boss Roy Greenslade, 74, came out of hiding this week to reveal he backed the IRA’s bombing campaign.

The former professor of journalism at City, University of London, was a friend of suspected Hyde Park bomber John Downey and from the 1980s wrote for the republican newsletter An Phoblacht.

Yesterday, Mr Greenslade, who lectured on ethics, was branded ‘disgusting’ for calling into question the testimony of an alleged rape victim.

Mairia Cahill, who has waived her right to anonymity, said that after she was interviewed for a BBC Northern Ireland investigation, Mr Greenslade wrote an article in The Guardian attacking ‘the lack of political balance’ in the report.

Mairia Cahill (pictured), who has waived her right to anonymity, said that after she was interviewed for a BBC Northern Ireland investigation, Mr Greenslade wrote an article in The Guardian attacking ‘the lack of political balance’ in the report

Ex-Daily Mirror boss Roy Greenslade (pictured), 74, came out of hiding this week to reveal he backed the IRA’s bombing campaign

She had claimed that at 16 she was ‘repeatedly raped by an IRA man’.

She complained to police in 2010, but the case was dropped four years later when she withdrew her support for the prosecution.

However, a subsequent BBC documentary detailed her ordeal, only to be savaged by Mr Greenslade in The Guardian in 2014, where he said it ‘failed to take account of the fact that the woman... was a leading member of a dissident republican organisation with an anti-Sinn Fein agenda.’

Writing in The Spectator this week, Miss Cahill cited the lack of relevance of her political allegiance.

She added: ‘After attacking the ‘lack of balance’ in the BBC NI piece, he then took it upon himself to list my political history – some of it inaccurate – which he viewed as highly relevant when discussing my brutal experience of abuse, and of the IRA and Sinn Fein’s treatment of me as a result. 

'Strange (and some would say hypocritical) that he did not disclose in the same piece, his own secret long-held support for the IRA.’ 

The former professor of journalism at City, University of London, was a friend of suspected Hyde Park bomber (pictured: The scene after the 1982 attack) John Downey and from the 1980s wrote for the republican newsletter An Phoblacht

Miss Cahill hailed from a prominent republican family. Her great-uncle Joe was an infamous former chief of staff in the Provisionals.

Hitting out at Mr Greenslade for alleging her accusations were political, she added: ‘That Greenslade chose the angle he did is not surprising, but it is disgusting. No abuse disclosures should be weighed against victims’ previous politics.

‘That The Guardian chose to print it is extremely questionable, given that by that time it was widely known that he had written anonymously for the Sinn Fein IRA supporting publication, An Phoblacht.’

'Totally reprehensible and a slight on our industry': Outrage as Roy Greenslade claims he 'did nothing more than scores of journalists who keep political views to themselves' after revealing support for IRA

By Jack Elsom and James Robinson for MailOnline 

The erstwhile Guardian columnist today claimed he did 'nothing more than scores of journalists who keep political views to themselves' in sympathising with atrocities committed by paramilitary forces. 

It comes after the former Daily Mirror editor resigned as an honorary visiting professor of journalism at City, University of London, yesterday following a backlash from much of the industry and families of the victims of the IRA.

Toby Granville, the editorial director of local news publisher, Newsquest, said the remarks were 'totally reprehensible'.

In a post on Twitter, he said: 'Roy Greenslade's claims that 'scores of journalists' secretly support terrorism just like him is totally reprehensible and a slight on our industry.'  

Roy Greenslade previous articles must now be 'treated with suspicion' and viewed through the lens of his long-standing support for the IRA, critics urged today

The erstwhile Guardian columnist today claimed he 'did nothing more than scores of journalists who keep political views to themselves' in sympathising with atrocities committed by paramilitary forces. Pictured: The scene of an IRA bombing in Downing Street in 1991

The journalism industry news website spoke to Mr Greenslade after he earlier this week revealed his support for the IRA in the British Journalism Review.   

Asked whether his views on terrorism disqualified him from teaching ethics, Mr Greenslade said: 'The furore underlines the main point of my article: to have come clean in the 1970s with my beliefs would have rendered me unemployable.

'I did nothing more than the scores of journalists who keep their political views to themselves.

'My opinions did not affect my journalistic work, nor did they affect my university teaching.' 

Colin Parry's son was killed in the 1993 Warrington bombing - which saw the IRA plant bombs inside two high street bins. Tim, and three-year-old Johnathan Ball, died as a result of the blasts.

Colin Parry's son Tim was killed in the 1993 Warrington bombing, when the IRA planted bombs inside high street bins. Tim and three-year-old Johnathan Ball died as a result

In a post on Twitter, he said: 'Supporting Irish Republicanism is a political choice but his support for the IRA’s campaign of violence leading to the murder of many non combatants like my 12 yr old son Tim.

'I find it inexcusable and contemptible.'

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