1972: A 36-Day Hunger Strike Ends in Northern Ireland

Credit…International Herald Tribune

BELFAST, June 20 (UPI).— Irish Republican Army men in Belfast’s Crumlin Road jail today ended a 36-day hunger strike in return for Britain’s virtual concession of political-prisoner status.

In Dublin, a special criminal court freed Joe Cahill, 52, a former commander of the Belfast Provisionals, after finding him innocent of inciting persons to join the I.R.A., an illegal organization.

Bombing and shooting raged on across Northern Ireland. In Armagh,…

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