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Irish history students need fair summary

It must be hoped that the errors and omissions in a new school history book dealing with the Troubles will be swiftly addressed.

The title, launched by a Dublin company, provides incorrect dates for key events including the 1971 bombing of McGurk's bar, the 1981 death on hunger strike of Bobby Sands and the signing of the Downing Street Declaration in 1993.

As we reported yesterday, it makes no mention of the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan explosions which killed 33 people and represented the worst attack of the last 50 years.

Students dealing with such sensitive matters must be offered an accurate and inclusive summary and it is appropriate that the publishers have promised a revised edition without delay.

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