Credit: Stephen Barnes CC BY 2.0

ON THIS DAY: 3 OCTOBER 1981: Hunger Strike in the Maze Prison ends

Ten IRA and INLA hunger-strikers die between 5 May and 12 August; all but one of the men were in their twenties, the youngest, Thomas McElwee, being 23 years of age.

The hunger strike had started on March 1st 1981 after years of the prisoners being on the blanket (blanket protest) and the failure of the British Government to implement the agreement which ended the hunger strike of 1980.

Republican prisoners had five demands:

1.The right not to wear a prison uniform.
2.The right not to do prison work.
3.The right of free association with other prisoners, and to organise educational and recreational pursuits.
4.The right to one visit, one letter and one parcel per week.
5.Full restoration of remission lost through the protest.

By the end of July, families of some of the hunger strikers began to intervene and take their loved ones off the hunger strike, as it didn’t look like a deal was coming.

At 3:15 pm, on October 3rd 1981 the Hunger Strike was called off, over the coming months the British Government granted all the demands except the right not to do prison work.

Photo shows a memorial in Glasnevin Cemetry in Dublin which names all the men who have died on hunger strike beginning with Thomas Ashe in 1917


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