Endgame in Ireland - Miniseries, Episode 1 - Rotten Tomatoes

Bomb and Ballot Box


Episode Info

In 1981 in the Maze prison in Northern Ireland, Republican inmates began a hunger strike, hoping to be recognized as prisoners of war. But the hunger strike achieved more than inmates hoped: it opened the road to the endgame in Northern Ireland. When the MP for Fermanagh-South Tyrone died, IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands contested the seat and was elected MP weeks just before he died. In 1983 Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams also was elected as a Westminster MP. Republicans had discovered a new weapon--the ballot box. Yet they didn't abandon their old ones: in October 1984 the IRA bombed the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton, almost killing Margaret Thatcher. In response to both threats, Irish Prime Minister Garrett FitzGerald began trying to persuade Thatcher to grant the Dublin government some authority over Northern Ireland.

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