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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

Published 08/01/2012 | 05:00

The State Papers for 1981 deal with the gravest political crisis in this Republic since the Civil War.

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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.

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