Broadcasters have a duty to reflect that our history is complicated… Unquiet Graves didn’t do that
“President Michael D Higgins suggests the British need to apologise for their past behaviour in Ireland. A better proposal would be for both governments to apologise for the atrocities committed supposedly in the interests of their national causes.
Perhaps naively, I thought we’d advanced beyond a caricature of history that portrayed one side as the wrongdoer. When the Queen visited Dublin, she set out a context through which to understand the past and build future relationships.
She said that, for all of us, “there were things we wish we had done differently, or not at all”. With these words, she opened up the opportunity to consign our hatreds to history, which is the best place for them, and avoid perpetuating them through our children.”