Afterlives: The Hunger Strike and the Secret Offer that Changed Irish History
This is the story of the hunger strike in Long Kesh prison and the secret offer by the then Thatcher government that changed Irish history.
To outsiders, Margaret Thatcher appeared unbending; yet, far from the prying eyes of the press, her government was making a substantial offer to the prisoners. On 5 July this offer was given to Gerry Adams in Belfast, and relayed to the prison leadership.
O'Rawe interviewed former members of the IRA Army Council who claim that a five-man committee led by Adams had control of the hunger strike, keeping the Army Council in the dark about the British government's offer.
He uses contemporary records to show that Thatcher had approved the offer but that Gerry Adams and the committee had replied it was 'not enough', telling the hunger strikers that 'nothing was on the table'.
|Publication date||14 Oct 2012|