Nova Scotia - A Halifax Canadian politician said on Tuesday that he was ready to mail apologies to about 300 Irish people in the province of Nova Scotia for reciting a prayer that suggested the Irish be held over the mouth of hell.
Mark Parent said he had read out the prayer at a parliamentary meeting in Nova Scotia in a bid to persuade squabbling committee members to co-operate rather than fight each other.
The idea backfired when the local Charitable Irish Society complained. Parent said he was ready to mail apologies to all 300 members of the society.
"I made the offer and now I am waiting for the society to contact me again. I am ready to apologise for any hurt I may have caused. I feel like walking around with a bag on my head," said Parent.
"There was never any intention on my part to insult the Irish. My wife is Irish."