The Thatcher Legacy: lack of remorse paved the way for Sinn Féin

The 1981 hunger strikes handed the nationalist centre ground to Sinn Féin, and it was that mass support which led to the supremacy of politics over violence, writes Tom McGurk.

13th April, 2013
In the week that Margaret Thatcher died we witnessed both the 15th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement and the Sinn Féin ard fheis.

The world moves on, history waits for nobody. In the week that Margaret Thatcher died we witnessed both the 15th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement and the Sinn Féin ard fheis. I suspect that, in Mayo this weekend, there will be few hearts broken by Thatcher's passing.

All last week on television and radio, we had to endure a non-stop political postmortem of the Thatcher era. The Tory press in Britain, in particular,...

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