Dublin meeting: Carrie Twomey on the 1981 hunger strike and whether an acceptable British deal was on the table

carrie-twomey-2012-1-24-15-40-15A group of independent Dublin republicans have organised the meeting below for Carrie Twomey, author of 55 Hours, a step by step account of the negotiations between Brendan Duddy (“Mountain Climber”), Margaret Thatcher and Gerry Adams during of the Long Kesh 1981 Hunger Strikes. Her talk will be followed by a Q & A.

Using the timeline created with documents from ‘Mountain Climber’ Brendan Duddy’s diary of ‘channel’ communications, official papers from the Thatcher Foundation Archive, excerpts from former Taoiseach Garrett Fitzgerald’s autobiography, David Beresford’s Ten Men Dead, Padraig O’Malley’s book Biting at the Grave, and INLA: Deadly Divisions by Jack Holland and Henry McDonald, Danny Morrison’s published timelines, first person accounts and the books of Richard O’Rawe and Gerry Adams, the fifty-five hours of secret negotiations between British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Gerry Adams’ emerging IRA leadership group are examined day by day.

In the run up to this period of communication, the IRA prisoners on protest issued a statement that made clear it would be acceptable to apply the demands they were seeking to all prisoners – in other words, the issue of special category status would be set aside or fudged. This broke the logjam; the impending death of hunger striker Joe McDonnell added urgency to communications seeking an end to the protest.

Saturday 5th of April @ 14:00hrs
The New Theatre,
Connolly Books,
Essex Street,
Dublin 2.

This is an independently run event and ALL are welcome to attend.  You can also watch the video  of a public meeting on the subject at the Teachers Club in Dublin on February 22 featuring Richard Rawe whose book Blanketmen was the first major work to discuss the British offer and what happened to it; see here.


Posted on March 21, 2014, in 1981 hunger strike, British state repression (general), Commemorations, General revolutionary history, Historiography and historical texts, Hunger strikes, Prisoners - past, Provos - then and now, Public events - Ireland, Repression and resistance in 1970s and 1980s. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

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