Today we honor and remember these heroes of the 1981 hunger strike by Irish political prisoners who fought against Thatcher.
Following a high-profile campaign the election took place on April 9, 1981, hunger striker Bobby Sands was elected to the British House of Commons with 30,492 votes to Harry West’s 29,046.
Sands’ election victory raised hopes that a settlement could be negotiated, but Thatcher stood firm in refusing to give concessions to the hunger strikers. She stated “We are not prepared to consider special category status for certain groups of people serving sentences for crime. Crime is crime is crime, it is not political.”
Bobby Sands (26), Francis Hughes (25), Raymond McCreesh (24), Patsy O’Hara (23), Joe McDonnell (30), Martin Hurson (29), Kevin Lynch (25), Kieran Doherty (25), Thomas McElwee (23), Michael Devine (27)