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Saturday 12 July 2014

Thatcher 'cared' about hunger strike families

Published 03/01/2014|02:30

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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.

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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".

Irish Independent

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