"It is understandable that there is a strong response to, and rejection of, Kevin Myers' article but it is wrong that misconceptions and misinformation be circulated about his previous writings", they opined.
"I would hope now that the Sunday Times will give Kevin Myers the right to reply to his critics and that the chairman of the Press Council will recuse himself from any involvement in any complaint or appeal".
"One of the great qualities of the Jewish people is their sense of dignity and sense of self worth", he said, explaining the meaning behind the controversial sentence.
"And for the religion that I still hold in high regard, particularly the Irish members of that religion who have been so forthright in their defense of me generally", he added.
In an interview with RTE, Myers remarked "I am very very sorry that they, I really mean this because I'm not rescuing anything, it's over for me professionally as far as I can see".
An editor for the Irish Times apologized for the article on Sunday, saying he took full responsibility for its publication.
"I do utter an apology, not for any reason other than out of genuine contrition for the hurt I had caused them".
"As a former chairman of the Labour Court I believe that Kevin Myers should have been afforded an opportunity to defend himself before being hastily dismissed by his employer", John Horgan wrote in a letter to today's Irish Times.
The presenter also questioned how something "so blatantly racist" was allowed in the paper.
BBC 5 Live presenter Emma Barnett said it was her "personal pet hate" when people "pretend to apologise".
"When someone alerted me to it, I couldn't believe such a thing had been printed".
Mr Myers, whom the paper has said it would not commission again, told Irish broadcaster RTÉ he had "uttered those words out of respect for the religion". It is absolutely gratuitous, not cleverly done, it's blatant racism. "Good for them. Jews are not generally noted for their insistence on selling their talent for the lowest possible price". "When you see it like that it's very horrifying", she said.
"This newspaper abhors anti-Semitism and did not intend to cause offense to Jewish people".
"I'm talking about the issue of when feminists talk about in the BBC who believe the woman making the tea or cleaning the floor isn't equal to the star presenter".
Mr Myers' column - entitled "Sorry, ladies - equal pay has to be earned" - was published last Sunday and centred on the BBC gender pay row. "If they're the same ones that negotiated the pay for the women on the lower scales, then maybe the latter have found their true value in the marketplace". One of my flaws is to. deal with major issues in throwaway lines.
He said that even though five or six others must have read the article before it was published, he didn't want anyone else to lose their job over the incident.
Mr Myers replied: "I didn't know you were Jewish and I have no opinion on how much you earn".