Letter: Endless apologies

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The Independent Online
Sir: With reference to Mr Blair's "apology for the potato famine" Andrew Brown (Essay, 2 July) asks "Why not apologise for Cromwell. Or for Henry II?"

Why draw the line there? Henry II's action in Ireland arose from the fact that at Henry's coronation in 1155, Pope Adrian IV "granted and donated Ireland to the illustrious King of England, Henry, to be held by him and his successors". Perhaps, in this "Year of the Apology" we might even now get the Vatican expressing formal regret for having initiated the Irish Problem.