That it took a hundred yearsfor the Engish to apologize for the Famine comes as no surprise to students of Anglo-Irish history. In 1997 Prime Minister of England Tony Blair wrote to the organizers of a commemoration of the Famine in Cork: "Those who governed in England at the time failed the people through standing by while a crop failure turned into a massive hhuman tragedy. That one million people died in what was then part of the richest and most powerful nation of the world is something that still causes pain as were reflect on it today."
In 1801 the London Parliament enacted the Act of Union forcing Ireland, Scotlland, and Wales to form one country ..In Ireland the government imposed the Penal Laws. No Catholic could practice his religion, go to school, enter a profession, or own land. When the potato blight struck in 1845-1850, the Irish starved.