THE SKY NEWS journalist who referred to Saoirse Ronan as “one of ours” has now said that that seeing her as British is “a compliment”.
While announcing the nominations for Leading Actress in a film, of whom Ronan is one, he said:
I think we can take Saoirse Ronan as one of ours.
Many people online pointed out the mistake to the reporter, but Suchet was adamant that he had not misspoken.
Even Ireland’s national broadcaster got involved in defending Ronan’s nationality and Suchet couldn’t resist writing back.
It didn’t end there though, with Suchet suggest that seeing an Irish person as British could even be seen as “a compliment”.
Ronan was born in New York to Dublin parents, and was raised in both Carlow and Dublin after they returned to live in Ireland when she was a toddler.
The actress, previously nominated for an Oscar, is also up for a Golden Globe this weekend.