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Eoghan Harris: Time to stop nitpicking -- say sorry and then shut up

Published 06/05/2012 | 05:00

NATIONALIST apologists argue the one way. Point out some big wood -- sectarian attacks on Protestants -- and they start to beat about a small bush. What they will not do is stop nitpicking, say sorry and shut up.

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Confronted by the cold facts of the shootings of 13 Protestants in Dunmanway, the first healing step is to say sorry without buts or bluster, shut up for long enough to show you are sincere, and only after a decent interval say whatever can be said by way of mitigation.

Allegations about sectarian actions by the old IRA got rough rejection. Historians like the late Peter Hart got a hard time. Last week I got a touch of the same lash.

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