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Smashing H-BlockThe Rise and Fall of the Popular Campaign against Criminalization, 1976–1982$
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F. Stuart Ross

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781846317439

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846317194

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Lean Days and Uphill Battles (1976–1977)1

Lean Days and Uphill Battles (1976–1977)1

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Smashing H-Block
Liverpool University Press

This chapter analyses the challenges in Irish political prisoners' struggle against the removal of their political status in 1976 to 1977. It explains that during this time the ‘political status’ campaign simply was not a priority for either Sinn Féin or the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and that there were a number of significant changes that were beginning to take shape in the Republican Movement, including its reorganisation. This chapter also considers the Irish Republican Socialist Party's (IRSP) deliberation on their position on the armed campaign being waged by militant republicans.

Keywords:   political prisoners, political status, Sinn Féin, Irish Republican Army, IRA, Republican Movement, Irish Republican Socialist Party, armed campaign, militant republicans

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