The former head of the Army has dismissed Sinn Fein’s apology over Lord Mountbatten’s murder as an "attempt to rewrite history". General Lord Richard Dannatt made his comments after Mary Lou McDonald, the president of Sinn Fein, apologised for the killing of the Duke of Edinburgh’s uncle, who was murdered by the IRA in 1979. However, Lord Dannatt, who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, said: "We all want to see continuing more peaceful times in Northern Ireland, and we want to see people increasingly being able to live side by side, but I think we also have to be aware that Sinn Fein is quietly trying to rewrite history." He added: "You can't get away from the fact that terrible things happened during the period of the Troubles in Northern Ireland. That is a fact. That is history. No one wants to dwell on the past, but I think we have to be very wary of Sinn Fein trying to rewrite history, and place that movement into a kinder light than it actually deserves." Ms McDonald, pictured below, who made her apology following Prince Philip’s funeral, said: “My job, and I think that Prince Charles and others would absolutely appreciate this, my job is to lead from the front, now, in these times.