John Paul McCarthy: Sands' death wasn't self-sacrifice: it was treason against our State
Fixating on Thatcher's role in the hunger strikes ignores the moral dilemma, says John Paul McCarthy
The State Papers for 1981 deal with the gravest political crisis in this Republic since the Civil War.
They show that the Irish Government's response to Bobby Sands' hunger strike was simultaneously weak and deceptive.
Far from following the hard-nosed approach of Taoisigh like de Valera and Lynch when confronting the IRA, Garret FitzGerald often sounded like Haughey in his solicitousness for the demands of the blanket-men.