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Driftwood Ian Bailey sets up Twitter account following release of documentaries

'Currently looking for a small place to live and write'

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Ian Bailey has set up a Twitter account

Ian Bailey has set up a Twitter account

Ian Bailey has set up a Twitter account

Ian Bailey has set up a Twitter account in the wake of the two recently released documentaries that focused on the brutal murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996. 

Describing himself in his profile as “a journalist, poet and legal academic”, he says he is “currently living in West Cork and currently looking for a small place to live and write”.

Having joined in June 2021, the first tweet to his now 1,512 followers from the account for an Ian Kenneth Bailey reads: ‘I’m just a piece of driftwood bobbing in the tides of life and strife…waiting for the next crashing wave to break me or take me to a higher place.”

This is the latest social media outlet for Mr Bailey, who set up an Instagram page ahead of the release of the documentaries.

In his first post he advertised is his stall in Schull Sunday Market and said he had “poetry, hand carved wooden bowls, platters and Indian yak hide bags”.

He posted a second picture from Bantry market where he was holding up a copy of his book of poetry ‘A John Wayne State of Mind’ which reflects on his experiences during 2019 when he said he was "was bonfired on a pyre of lies in Paris".

The 64-year-old Englishman was convicted in absentia of the killing by a Paris court in 2019 but has always vehemently protested his innocence.

He has described the new Netflix three-part film, ‘Sophie: A Murder in West Cork’ Plantier as “propaganda.”

The documentary features interviews with Sophie’s family, West Cork locals, those involved in the investigation and Bailey himself.

However, Mr Bailey, who has always maintained his innocence, despite being found guilty in his absence by a French court, described the work as a “piece of self-serving, demonising propaganda.”

The 64-year-old told Newstalk Breakfast that he gave a “brief interview” to the filmmakers and has twice contacted Netflix asking for it to be removed.

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“From what I have seen of it - and I have seen clips from it - yes, unfortunately, I think it is a piece of self-serving, demonising propaganda,” he said.

Mr Bailey already features in the five-part documentary from Irish director Jim Sheridan ‘Murder at the Cottage: The search for justice for Sophie’, which is currently streaming on Sky.

“The thing about the Jim doc is that Jim undertook to make an objective documentary,” he told Newstalk.

“From all I can see from the Netflix production is there is very little objectivity in it. It is written from a biased slant.”

Mr Bailey also rejected an accusation of narcissism made by Sophie’s uncle Jean-Pierre Gazeau in the Netflix documentary.

“No, I am not a narcissist,” he said. “A narcissist comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus who falls in love with his own reflection.

"I have to look at my aging, ugly mug every morning in the mirror and I can tell you I am not a narcissist.”

He also rejected the idea he has brought his notoriety on himself by constantly courting the media – insisting he was “picked out from day one” by investigating Gardaí.

“I was arrested in a very high-profile way,” he said. “My arrest was broadcast as it was happening.

“I have had 25 years of life taken away. I have lost my career as a journalist. I have now lost my partner - we had been together for 30 years - and I am now losing my home so for anybody to suggest that is perverse.

“It has been a very difficult 25 years,” he added. “I was presented with a very difficult situation.

“My identity was released right from day one. There was no way of hiding from this and I have just dealt with it the best way I can. I continue to deal with this the best way I can.”

In an interview with John Fardy on Screentime, John Dower, the director of the three-part Netflix series noted that too often in true crime series, the victim gets a passing mention.

He said Sophie was “blonde and beautiful but, like all of us, incredibly complicated” and noted that it was “important to show that side of her.”

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