Margaret Thatcher

Thatcher remained intransigient throughout the 1981 hungerstrikes and refused to even recognise the prisoners. Her ruthlessness was said to have been manifested by the fact that her good friend Airey Neave had been executed two years previous to the strike, in a car bomb at the house of commons, by the INLA.

The hungerstrike was payback time for Thatcher and her government.

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Rioting followed the deaths of all the hungerstrikers. Many innocent people died including a number of children killed by RUC and British army plastics bullets.

Crackin’ Shot!!! A direct hit on a member of the British army.

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Protest Pictures

Some pictures of rallies that were a weekly occurence during the blanket protest and hungerstrikes of 1980 and 1981. These were held throughout the 32 counties of Ireland and further afield.

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The electoral successes of Bobby Sands and his comrades North and South of the border gave Sinn Fein the push it needed to push politics to the fore of the Republican struggle. This eventually led to peace talks in Ireland and an IRA ceasefire in August 1994

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A hungerstrike rally and protest, against the British intransigience, was held in New York City after the death of Bobby Sands.

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