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    DescriptionBy July 1981 four republican hunger strikers had already died in Long Kesh Prison. A fifth, Joe McDonnell, was clinging to life. To outsiders, Margaret Thatcher appeared unbending; yet, far from the prying eyes of the press, her government was making a substantial offer to the prisoners. On 5 July this offer was given to Gerry Adams in Belfast, and relayed to the prison leadership. In this important sequel to the bestseller "Blanketmen", O'Rawe documents the four-year war of words that followed. He interviews former members of the IRA Army Council who claim that a five-man committee led by Adams had contol of the hunger strike, keeping the Army Council in the dark about the British governments' offer. He uses contemporary records to show that Thatcher had approved the offer but that Gerry Adams and the committee had replied it was 'not enough', telling the hunger srikers that 'nothing was on the table'. The prison leadership accepted the British offer, but six hunger strikers went on to die. O'Rawe asks: why? This hidden history, using contemporaneous photographs, pinpoints the key players in the drama and their responses, identifying Mountain Climber, a Derry businessman who brokered the deal, and describing the contributors to the crucial hunger strike conferences of 2008-09. O'Rawe combines a moving and courageous personal record with first-hand documentation. He provides essential background and astringent commentary on the realpolitick of the peace process and republicanism in Northern Ireland today, and its impact upon the country as a whole. With a Foreword by Ed Moloney, author of "The Official History of the IRA".


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    Title
    Afterlives
    Subtitle
    The Hunger Strike and the Secret Offer That Changed Irish History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard O'Rawe
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 136 mm
    Height: 215 mm
    Thickness: 20 mm
    Weight: 295 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781843511847
    ISBN 10: 1843511843
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    Edition statement
    Reprint
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    Illustrations, ports.
    Publisher
    The Lilliput Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    The Lilliput Press Ltd
    Publication date
    01 December 2012
    Publication City/Country
    Dublin
    Author Information
    Richard O'Rawe is author of Blanketmen, An Untold Story of the H-Block Hunger Strike (2005), acclaimed by reviewers across the political spectrum, from Maurice Hayes and Garret FitzGerald to Henry McDonald, Eamon McCann, Diarmuid Ferriter, Nell McCafferty and Richard English.