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Posted on May 19, 2011

Speaking at a historic dinner in the castle that once headquartered Ireland’s British overseers, Queen Elizabeth II expressed regret over the two islands’ violent history: “To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past, I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy.”

And she acknowledged “with the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we wish had been done differently, or not at all.”

Irish President Mary McAleese welcomed the queen by noting that “Ireland and Britain are neighbors, equals, colleagues, friends.”

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By drbhelthi, May 22, 2011 at 7:46 am Link to this comment

Where is the memorial to the children of the Far East and the Near East,
whose bodies were maimed and many were killed by the land-mines, on
which she reaped quite a profit?

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By kerryrose, May 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

And Queenie

F you, too.  Your ignorance and flippancy is grotesque.

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By kerryrose, May 21, 2011 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment

F you stupid B-ach.  The people of Britain did not experience the same heartaches that they imposed on the Irish.  Don’t you dare equate them.

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By kerryrose, May 21, 2011 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment


Your naivite is insulting to those of us who have family members murdered and starved by British Imperialism.  How dare you.

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By Blackspeare, May 20, 2011 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment

As the IRA would say; Drop the bomb, take the potatoes.

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By Queenie, May 20, 2011 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

With foresight, knowing what our country was to become today, murdering civilians all over the world,  I surely would have been on the side of the British during our Revolutionary War.

God save the Queen!

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By Bob Roberts, May 20, 2011 at 9:48 am Link to this comment
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Whatever - the Irish continue to work hard and be abused depsite 800 years of holocaust against them by the English. Jews who get offended by the term Irish Holocaust have their heads in the sand. Study the history of the planned and perpetrated genocide of the Irish by the British which resulted in the deaths of many more millions of Irish than Jews were killed by Hitler. Go ahead study it and see the truth. Her words are meaningless to those of us whose families were wiped out by forced starvation, executions, the taking of ancestral lands then given to British subjects and the fact that the Irish were forbidden to attend school for hundreds of years. An Irish caught being literate was executed. Tired of everybody acting like the Jews are the only ones with a tragic story. Yes it was tragic and horrid yes but they are not the only victims in the world nor the most vitimized victims in the world like so many like to pretend. I have never thought it so but in retrospect, perhaps they do own the media after all.

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By TDoff, May 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm Link to this comment

But she never apologized when she passed gas after her third cup of Irish Whiskey in the castle keep after dinner. Royalty does have some perks, after all.

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