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Eilis O'Hanlon: Tell us truth on Thatcher offer to end hunger strike

We should be told why the basis of an offer to end the hunger strike was never put to the prisoners, says Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 08/01/2012 | 05:00

A FEW years ago, Danny Morrison was interviewed for a BBC documentary on the Brighton bombing.

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Later he expressed dissatisfaction with the programme because it failed to include comments by him which, Morrison said, placed the attack in context, not least his belief that "the bombing was a direct response to 1981, the hunger strike and what our community experienced under Thatcher".

His problem was that, even then, the idea that it was British intransigence alone that led the hunger strikers to their graves was already becoming unstitched.

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