The Thatcher Legacy: The Irish question

Margaret Thatcher's period in office will be remembered in Ireland for her intransigence in relation to the North.

13th April, 2013

Margaret Thatcher's period in office will be remembered in Ireland for her intransigence in relation to the North. Her stubborn refusal to give in to the demands of the hunger strikers for political prisoner status in 1981, when she famously claimed, "Crime is crime is crime; it is not political", marked one of the lowest points in Anglo-Irish relations.

Those close to Thatcher have suggested that her uncompromising stance with Irish republicans had its roots in...

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