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Dudley Edwards has lost any residual crediblity

Hopefully, your correspondent (Irish Examiner, Letters, March 28) Diarmuid P Ó Luasa’s subtle but magnificent irony will not be lost on Ms Ruth Dudley Edwards.

Anyone who is familiar with Ms Dudley Edwards’ work will however realise that she views Irish history through strongly-tinted Unionist spectacles.

She is in fact one of a small but vocal band of latter day historical revisionists whose main aim appears to airbrush, ameliorate, and downplay the worst atrocities of the British regime over many centuries in Ireland.

In a recent article in a Sunday newspaper she even went so far as to argue that Britain’s role before, during, and after the so called Great Famine or Gorta Mór was benign and not genocide.

That genocide was the primary goal of an incompetent, negligent, and brutal British administration is a fact that is well proven by such august historians and researchers as Tim Pat Coogan and Chris Fogarty, among many others with knowledge of the facts.

Whatever about her ill-informed argument against genocide, her statement in the same article that there was no cruelty committed by the British during the period removes from her any residual credibility as a serious commentator.

John Leahy
71, Wilton Road


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