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British journalist Rachel Johnson apologises for 'moronic' tweet about Irish vote

Johnson said that she ‘fecked up’.

Rachel Johnson while appearing on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year.
Rachel Johnson while appearing on Celebrity Big Brother earlier this year.
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BRITISH JOURNALIST RACHEL Johnson has apologised for what she called “a moronic reference” to the Irish language in a tweet about the Eighth Amendment referendum.

Johnson, who regularly features on British media and is also the sister of Boris Johnson, said last night that she “fecked up” in her use of language.

Many international broadcasters were in Ireland for Saturday’s result and Johnson wanted to thank Sky News for its coverage. In a now-deleted tweet she said:

“Huge praise to Beth Rigby and Kay Burley of Sky News who produced world-class award-winning reporting every step of the way of this powerful and moving and divisive story – and also helped comprehension (in mainland UK) by speaking in clear English not Gaelic throughout.”

Her tweet prompted a swift reaction online with many not only confused with exactly what she meant, but also frustrated with more substandard commentary from Britain about Irish affairs.

In her tweet last night, Johnson sought to clarify things and apologised for her use of the word “Gaelic”.

Her tweet did not clear up exactly why she felt Sky News could be speaking Irish, however.

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