The hardest word

I'm sorry flowers

Apologising has become an expensive business in this country.

First up, the Taoiseach graciously issued a heartfelt apology to the former residents of Magdalene Laundries. That opened the floodgates of redress and the state is footing the bill for claims totalling over €58 million.

Now Roma families whose children were taken into temporary protective custody by the Gardai while their paternity was being examined have received a state apology that will culminate in a six figure compensation windfall, again courtesy of the beneficent Irish taxpayer.

And women who underwent experimental symphysiotomy treatments as far back as 1920 are also in line for a lucrative apology from the Irish government with payouts expected to reach €150,000 per individual.

At what point did expressing regret for mistakes of the past become immediate financial liability?

Whatever happened to the time-honoured tradition of saying it with flowers and chocolates?

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