IRA Apology


Martin Mcguinness
* Minister of Education, Northern Ireland Assembly

The Right Honorable David Trimble
* First Minister, Northern Ireland Assembly
* Leader, Ulster Unionist Party

Tim Pat Coogan
* Author of several books including most recently, The IRA (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002)

Paul Bew
* Professor of Irish Politics, Queen's University in Belfast
* Co-author, The British State and the Ulster Crisis (Verso Books, 1995) and Northern Ireland, 1921-2001 (Independent Publishers Group, 1998)

In a surprise announcement, The Irish Republican Army has apologized for civilians killed during it's thirty year fight against British rule. But, why apologize now? Why apologize at all? And how far can words go in making peace with a violent past? Join Neal Conan on the next Talk of the Nation from NPR News.



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