Monday 11 December 2017

Eilis O'Hanlon: Brave men of history deserve a pardon, and praise

We should be proud of those who went against the grain and spoke up for what was right, says Eilis O'Hanlon

TONY Blair's apology to victims of the Famine was possibly the most nauseating piece of political theatre ever -- and this from a man who contributed more than his fair share. People's Princess, anyone?

Most government apologies are equally unedifying. They're simply attempts by the present generation to pick up easy brownie points without any real effort or sacrifice. We're all "against" bad things happening in history.

The apology by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence for the way those who deserted the Irish Army during the Second World War to fight on behalf of the Allies were treated afterwards wasn't in that ignoble category.

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