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Hunger Strike

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Hunger Strike
Year: 2013-12-09
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The hunger strikes of 1980-81 were a confrontation between British Prime Minister Margaret


Thatcher and the iron will of Irish republican prisoners in the H-Blocks of Long Kesh, in an


attempt to break the British policy of criminalising paramilitary prisoners. The prisoners’


ultimate demand, to be granted a ‘special category status’ that distinguished them from


other prisoners, led to two hunger strikes. The first, in 1980, ended without success for the


prisoners; the second, led by Bobby Sands, resulted in ten prisoners starving themselves to


death. The consequences of the hunger strikes changed Irish politics and British-Irish relations


forever, beginning the long path to eventual peace with the signing of the Good Friday


Agreement in 1998.


Now, with the release of recently declassified documents, Thomas Hennessey forensically


examines the origins and evolution of the prisons dispute, leading up to the first hunger


strike of 1980, and setting the scene for the final confrontation with the British Government


in 1981. Alongside republican protagonists – Bobby Sands and Gerry Adams – Margaret


Thatcher’s personal role in the hunger strikes is analysed in detail, including her clashes


with Charles Haughey and Garret FitzGerald, and also revealing her authorisation of the


backchannel between MI6 and the IRA. Hennessey also addresses the controversial issues


surrounding the hunger strike, in particular, whether there was a deal on the table that


could have ended the strike in July 1981, and whether it was accepted by the prisoners in


the H-Blocks.


Hunger Strike is the definitive account of one of the seminal events in modern Irish history.


The hunger strikes of 1980-81 were a confrontation between British Prime Minister Margaret


Thatcher and the iron will of Irish republican prisoners in the H-Blocks...

Year: 2013-12-09
Studio(s): Original Writing

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