Afterlives, by Richard O'Rawe

Afterlives, by Richard O'Rawe
Afterlives, by Richard O'Rawe, subtitled 'The Hunger Strike and the Secret Offer that changed Irish History'

Published by Lilliput Press in 2012, 228 pages. Paperback (N4546P1)

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By 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 fascinating book Richard 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 control of the  hunger strike, keeping the Army Council in the dark about the British  government's 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 strikers 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.
First published in 2010, this updated edition was published in 2012 with several corrections and amendments.
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