Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
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It seems that hardly a day goes by without some sort of 'apology' being issued from some State body or other. Usually it is in the medical field but even in the last week the Taoiseach has issued an apology to Joanne Hayes for the way the State treated her at the height of the Kerry babies scandal. It seems that despite the number of apologies issued that we very rarely learn anything from them and if there is one thing that we do learn is how loathe institutions are to give apologies when they should be forthcoming from the very start. Usually individuals have to take court cases over several years in order to get any sort of apology from State institutions and even then it seems they are grudgingly given. It is a pity that we don't learn anything from our mistakes here in Ireland. Sometimes sorry is the hardest word when in actual fact it should be the easiest.

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