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James Downey: The faces may change but sorry is still hardest word

Published 14/01/2012 | 05:00

SEVERAL readers have chided me -- very politely, I must say -- for not mentioning Ron Paul when I wrote last week about the candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in the United States.

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They are right, and I apologise. And in the manner of apologising, I will take a leaf out of Josephine Feehily's book.

Ms Feehily, as you doubtless recall, is the chairwoman of the Revenue Commissioners. She appeared the other day before an Oireachtas committee to answer questions about the notorious letters to pensioners that were barely comprehensible and often inaccurate, and caused acute distress. She apologised with dignity and without any reservations or silly excuses.

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