Cameron banishes shameful past
The new prime minister's apology was a dignified answer to the heartless and destructive policies of previous British leaders, writes John-Paul McCarthy
Historians of the Civil War often refer to the following episode when discussing the tensions that plagued our first government.
Kevin O'Higgins insisted on strict discipline in the Army and he constantly harassed his colleagues with the most lurid kinds of reports into their misbehaviour.
His colleagues quickly tired of his priestly rectitude.