Thursday 22 February 2018

Brass neck and iron will hardened hearts during the hunger strikes

MARGARET Thatcher is the reason Gerry Adams is sitting in Dail Eireann and Martin McGuinness in Stormont.

Her inflexibility during the hunger strike period, not merely during the Bobby Sands era, but earlier in the strike led by Brendan Hughes, led to a tidal wave of nationalist support swamping the SDLP and revivifying Sinn Fein with the blood of martyrs.

The Hughes strike could have ended the problems in the H Block if Thatcher had been prepared to cut a deal along the lines concluded by the Dublin government with the Provisionals in Portlaoise.

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