Fintan O’Toole: If Eta can say sorry, why can’t Sinn Féin?

Basque terror group and IRA were blood brothers but only one has accepted responsibility for pain it caused

Arnaldo Otegi: leader of the party that used to be Eta’s political wing. Photograph: Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images

Arnaldo Otegi: leader of the party that used to be Eta’s political wing. Photograph: Ander Gillenea/AFP/Getty Images

Last week, prisoners belonging to the defunct Basque terror group Eta issued a remarkable plea to their supporters. They asked them to stop holding public events to celebrate the homecomings of their comrades who are released from jail.

In their statement, the prisoners acknowledged that “there are people who have honestly expressed that they feel pain with the public [celebrations] . . . They are people hurt by the actions of our past militancy and we understand that they may feel pain.”

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