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I think there has been a bit of honesty and a bit of contriteness from certain parties.
But Mr Gallagher said there was "no contriteness, no apology" from RTE and that Mr Kenny "hasn't made contact with me since that time".
Composing an apology may be the technical letter of the demand, but writing it to convey sincere contriteness is the true spirit of the demand.