1981 hunger-strike remembered in Dublin Central

Republicans across Dublin Central gathered at two vigils last Friday to commemorate the 36th anniversary of the death while on hunger-strike of IRA Volunteer Bobby Sands. Political prisoner Bobby Sands died after 66 days on hunger-strike in Long Kesh prison, during which time he had been elected as the MP for Fermanagh/South Tyrone.


Speaking from the vigil in Cabra, Sinn Féin Councillor Séamas McGrattan said,


“It is fitting that we recall the tragic events of 1981 which led to the deaths of 10 republicans on hunger-strike. The hunger-strikers are regarded as iconic patriots by freedom-loving people across the world. Thirty-six years on from Bobby’s death, his courage and bravery remain an inspiration as we seek to conclude the work of reuniting Ireland.  At only 27 years of age, Bobby was a leader, a poet, a singer, a gaeilgeoir and a soldier.


Making reference to the ongoing hunger-strike in Palestine involving 1600 political prisoners, Cllr McGrattan concluded,


“The republican people of Dublin stood in solidarity with the ten hunger-strikers back in 1981, and we continue to stand in their honour, ensuring that their sacrifice is remembered. It’s saddening to hear this week of the death of young Palestinian Mazan al-Maghrebi on hunger-strike as 1600 Palestinian political prisoners protest for better prison conditions.