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dc.contributor.authorCunningham, Mike
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-20T19:17:58Z
dc.date.available2008-05-20T19:17:58Z
dc.date.issued2004
dc.identifier.citationContemporary British History, 18(4); 80-92
dc.identifier.issn1361-9462
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/13619460412331296919
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/27162
dc.description.abstractThis 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.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherLondon: Taylor & Francis
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content?content=10.1080/13619460412331296919
dc.subjectIrish history
dc.subjectIrish politics
dc.subjectBritish history
dc.subjectIRA
dc.subjectGovernment policy
dc.subjectReconciliation
dc.subjectPolitical history
dc.titleApologies in Irish Politics: A Commentary and Critique
dc.typeJournal article
dc.identifier.journalContemporary British History
html.description.abstractThis 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.


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