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1980-84: The Hunger Strikes

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1980-84: The Hunger Strikes

In October 1980 republican prisoners' campaign to have Special Category Status restored led to one of a series of hunger strikes. Ten prisoners died on hunger strike beginning with Bobby Sands in May, however, in October the campaign was called off as families intervened to save prisoners' lives. The government later conceded a number of the prisoners' demands. In the wake of the hunger strike the British and Irish governments grew concerned at the prospect of Sinn Fein, (which was associated with the IRA) overtaking the SDLP as the largest nationalist party and the two governments began a series of diplomatic talks.

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Introducing Your Democratic Unionist Candidate

Introducing Your Democratic Unionist Candidate

Handbill produced by the Democratic Unionist Party, 'Introducing Your Democratic Unionist Candidate - Alderman PETER ROBINSON - Then Vote for the Unio...

Poster

Poster

Electoral poster : Fine Gael, full colour photograph of Garret Fitzgerald : thin green, white and broad yellow strip at bottom, 'Get it right with Gar...

Thank you for your donation to the UDR Benevolent Fund

Thank you for your donation to the UDR Benevolent Fund

Adhesive badge on mount issued by the Ulster Defence Regiment, 'Thank you for your donation to the UDR Benevolent Fund.' The UDR Benevolent Fund was c...

The Murderers have a Choice - Their Victims had None

The Murderers have a Choice - Their Victims had None

An anti-republican poster with a large H with small crosses; 'The Murderers have a Choice - Their Victims had None.' Printed black on pink. This poste...

Lapel badge

Lapel badge

Lapel badge 'Mickey Devine Irish Freedom Fighter'...

RUC 1922 - 1982

RUC 1922 - 1982

Wade Pottery Ashtray commemorating the Royal Ulster Constabulary 1922 - 1982 - DIAMOND JUBILEE. Dark green and shamrock design border....

Demand Political Status

Demand Political Status

Irish Republican Socialist Party poster issued in support of republican prisoners in the Maze Prison’s H Blocks. Poster is printed black on white with...

Poster

Poster

Poster for Ulster Democratic Unionist Party parade 'Join us on the Carson Trail' . printed in red and blue with two union jack flags and a lithograph ...

Their Trade is Murder

Their Trade is Murder

Leaflet issued by theMinistry of Defence, 'Their Trade is Murder – Personal Security Measures for Servicemen and Their Families in Northern Ireland.' ...

Poster

Poster

Poster relating to a Hunger Strike march on Thursday 30th October with the message 'Dont Let this Happen' and two coffins imposed on the letter H, org...

Badge

Badge

Black and cream rosette badge, possibly home made and relating to the Hunger Strikes...

Poster

Poster

Northern Ireland Election; Democratic Unionist Party poster printed in red and blue: outline map of Northern Ireland with question mark : photograph o...

Poster

Poster

Poster entitled ‘Too Long a Sacrifice’ featuring individual panels on those who died in the Hunger Strike of 1981....

Lapel badge

Lapel badge

Lapel badge 'Francis Hughes Irish Freedom Fighter'...

H-Block/Armagh Bulletin

H-Block/Armagh Bulletin

Leaflet issued by the Belfast H Block/ Armagh Committee, 'A Time for Determination.' H-Block/Armagh BULLETIN issue No.11, April 23rd. HUNGER STRIKE DA...

Lapel badge

Lapel badge

Lapel badge 'Repatriation for Irish POWs'...

Forward with the Unionist Party You can Trust

Forward with the Unionist Party You can Trust

DUP adhesive badge 'Forward with the Unionist Party You can Trust' 'I'm on the CARSON Trail with the DUP' Sheet 4x3 stickers...

They Hunger For Justice

They Hunger For Justice

Andersonstown Hunger Strike Action Committee poster printed in red and black, with two blurred photographs of 'blanket men'. This poster produced in s...

H-Block/Armagh Bulletin

H-Block/Armagh Bulletin

Leaflet issued by the Belfast H Block/ Armagh Committee, 'Their Lives on the Line - Others only Play with Words!' H-Block/Armagh BULLETIN No.24, July ...

Savagery and Suffering

Savagery and Suffering

'Savagery and Suffering, A Glimpse at the Butchery and Brutality of the IRA, By Alderman Peter Robinson, MP'. Pages 23, showing images of the destruct...

Ulster in Danger

Ulster in Danger

Political pamphlet, 'Ulster in Danger, message from Ian Paisley M.P,' promoting Province Wide Campaign - Rally 28/03/81 parade leaves Shankill Rd. 'If...

Ulster 1980

Ulster 1980

Ulster 1980 Calendar, thank you to all our security forces...

Plastic Bullet

Plastic Bullet

Plastic bullet fired during riots in Belfast at the time of the hunger strikes....

Poster

Poster

Bloody Sunday; commemorative march organised by Sinn Fein, image shows a row of bullets daubed in red turning into prison bars....

We apologise for interrupting your journey but we do so in the interests of security

We apologise for interrupting your journey but we do so in the interests of security

Card issued by the UDR, Ulster Defence Regiment; 'We apologise for interupting your journey but we do so in the interests of security.' A card handed ...

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