Year: 1981 Source: America, June 6, 1981, p.458-460 SIEC No: 19880639

The use of the hunger strike as a form of political protest in Ireland is discussed. The Dublin uprising of Easter, 1916, the declaration of self-rule by the 1919 Dublin parliament, & Britain’s use of black & tans to terrorize the Irish Catholics is outlined. The 1920 hunger strike of Cork’s Mayor, James McSwiney, after his political imprisonment, is described, along with opinions & reactions of writers & theologians on the morality of suicidal hunger strikes, McSwiney’s in particular.