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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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Bobby Sands MP (January–April 1981)

Bobby Sands MP (January–April 1981)

(p.109) 6 Bobby Sands MP (January–April 1981)
Smashing H-Block
Liverpool University Press

This chapter focuses on the hunger strike launched by republican activist Bobby Sands at the Prison Maze in Long Kesh, Northern Ireland. It provides background information of Sands' sentence and his republican activities and highlights his decision to run in the by-election after the Member of Parliament for Fermanagh/South Tyrone died unexpectedly. This chapter also considers the opinion of the National H-Block/Armagh Committee that the surprise victory of Sands dealt a massive body blow to Britain's criminalisation policy.

Keywords:   Bobby Sands, republican activist, hunger strike, Prison Maze, Long Kesh, Northern Ireland, Member of Parliament, Fermanagh/South Tyrone, National H-Block/Armagh Committee, criminalisation policy

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