"Do not be misled by the promises of politicians. Remember that the whole history of Ireland is a record of betrayals by politicians and statesmen, and remembering this, spurn their lying promises and stand up for a United Ireland - an Ireland broad based upon the union of Labour and Nationality." - James Connolly.
At last the book. There were numerous debates surrounding this claim on various Republican forums over the last couple of years. There were debates and discussions elsewhere also.
Wonder what the Sinn Fein response will be?
My personal view of the hungerstrikes is enormous respect for the men who undertook them, but also sadness that such an amount of self sacrifice and loss of people very valuable to republicanism took place on the basis of what appears to have been a flawed analysis of the situation.
The demands were so puny in comparison with the power of the Hunger Strike and the British Government was always clearly out to defeat it.
At one meeting in Dunloy, Co Antrim, a few of those who were making the claims were refused entry to the meeting.
Just wondering about the timing of the book. Under the British Governments 30 year rule for the relaease of documents, material relevant to the Hungerstrike and the Governments handling of it should be due for release next year. Be interesting to see what thse files contain in relation to that era.
They could either rubbish or uphold the claims by O' Rawe.
I'm reading Blanketmen right now, will have to get ahold of Afterlives soon enough to see what additional information it contains. Interesting that there was little publicity about O'Rawe's new book until its launch last week, probably in light of what happened when he released his previous book and also to others, such as Gerry Bradley, who released books critical of the PRM.
What do people make of this?
Thatchers files support the claim that there was an offer.
I have always believed Morrison, Bik and co but I'm trying to digest this
The United Irishman. Updated 21/3/13
Breaking down is a sure way to get publicity for your book, remember the US pilot that was shot down in Bosina back in the nineties, he was missing for a few days, then rescued. He cried at his press conference. They made a film about it. Roll on Stephen Speilberg.
"I have never killed a man but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure". Clarence Darrow