From one undignified burial to another
How a previous government botched the burial of an IRA hunger striker - and the current government is messing up the burial of water charges
The Fine Gael-Labour government of the time was determined not to allow the IRA to hold a large scale republican funeral for Stagg, who had been convicted of conspiracy to commit arson during the IRA's bloody campaign in London. He died after a 62-day hunger strike at Wakefield prison in Yorkshire in 1976.
But the approach taken to the IRA man who was the brother of future Labour TD Emmet Stagg was so hardline that it...
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