Prison, Politics and Violence: The 1980s

Andrew Sanders

in Inside the IRA

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641123
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652907 | DOI:
Prison, Politics and Violence: The 1980s

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Irish republicanism during the 1980s is inextricably linked to the hunger strikes of 1981, the culmination of five years of protest inside Northern Irish prisons as a result of the 1976 normalisation policies that the British government introduced as a means to de-legitimise the republican struggle. The prison campaign had massive ramifications domestically and internationally, as republicans in the United States enjoyed something of a renaissance during the early 1980s. With the strategic focus of the movement now firmly on the political arena, the American dimension evolved similarly as prominent political figures exerted increasing influence on the Northern Irish situation. This chapter re-evaluates the period in light of the considerable dissent that has fermented against the Provisional republican leadership.

Keywords: hunger strike; Irish republicanism; Northern Irish prisons; British government; Provisional republican leadership

Chapter.  15961 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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