Thatcher 'cared' about hunger strike families
BRITISH prime minister Margaret Thatcher told a relative of one of the hunger strikers that she cared "very deeply about those to whom the hunger strike had brought pain and bereavement" -- but refused to meet with the protester's mother.
Philomena McCloskey, mother of INLA inmate Liam McCloskey, wrote to Mrs Thatcher in 1981 "in despair and desperation", seeking a meeting.
Mrs Thatcher wrote back: "I am afraid I do not see how such a meeting could help."
In another letter replying to a sister of Liam McCloskey, Mrs Thatcher regretted that young men were prepared to throw away their lives "with all the consequent anguish to family and friends".