Conflict & Justice

The History of Hunger Strikes in Ireland

Hunger strikes have a long history in the conflict in North Ireland. One of the most infamous hunger strikes in 1981 resulted in the death of 10 Irish Republicans including Bobby Sands who has become a symbol of the struggle. Anchor, Marco Werman interviews Brendan O'Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania about the history and power of hunger striking in Ireland.

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    A young girl holds a picture of Bobby Sands during a republican march to mark the 20th anniversary of the IRA hunger strike at the Maze prison in Northern Ireland May 27.



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