As he points out, there are some who fear that open discussion of the famine at a delicate stage in the peace process will somehow provide "ideological bullets" to extremist Republicans. I believe the reverse is true. The failure to give this subject a proper place in British and Irish history has allowed half-truths and propaganda to flourish in terrorist hands. Honesty can surely only heal. I like to think we live in a country with the courage to face its past, not one that believes the truth to be a potential weapon.
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