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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > Research Institutes > History and Governance Research Institute > Conflict Studies Research Group  > Apologies in Irish Politics: A Commentary and Critique

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Title: Apologies in Irish Politics: A Commentary and Critique
Authors: Cunningham, Mike
Citation: Contemporary British History, 18(4); 80-92
Publisher: London: Taylor & Francis
Journal: Contemporary British History
Issue Date: 2004
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/27162
DOI: 10.1080/13619460412331296919
Additional Links: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content?content=10.1080/13619460412331296919
Abstract: This article considers the reasons for, and the responses to, two recent apologies in Irish Politics. These are Tony Blair's statement in 1997 concerning the Famine of the 1840s and the IRA apology of 2002. A set of criteria are developed by which to judge the validity of these apologies. It is argued that Blair's statement did not formally constitute an apology although one would be valid if British policy of the period were to be considered unjust. The case of the IRA apology is more clear cut, as unjust actions were committed and responsibility can be clearly demonstrated.
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Irish history
Irish politics
British history
IRA
Government policy
Reconciliation
Political history
ISSN: 1361-9462
Appears in Collections: Conflict Studies Research Group
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