|Title: ||Apologies in Irish Politics: A Commentary and Critique|
|Citation: ||Contemporary British History, 18(4); 80-92|
|Publisher: ||London: Taylor & Francis|
|Journal: ||Contemporary British History|
|Issue Date: ||2004 |
|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.|
|Keywords: ||Irish history|
|Appears in Collections: ||Conflict Studies Research Group |
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