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?