Martin Ferris to launch a book on the history of Irish Hunger Strike

Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris will be in Derry on Thursday night to launch- Ireland’s Hunger for Justice, the story of Ireland’s 22 martyred hunger strikers.

Martin Ferris said

“I am looking forward to visiting Derry on Thursday night to launch the book.

“What we set out to do was to honour the memory of Lispole native Thomas Ashe, and while we discussed Ashe’s life and death we realised that there were 21 others who also gave their lives on hunger strike from 1917 to 1981,” said Kerry Sinn Féin TD, Martin Ferris.

“We decided to write a short book detailing, as much as possible, the story of each of these brave men. Some died in British jails but others too died in Irish jails and have almost been written out of history.

“I am honoured to have played a small role in bringing this book to print. Hunger strike was sometimes the only option republican prisoners had to use. The suffering and sacrifice of these 22 brave men should never be forgotten.

“Neither should the sacrifice of the thousands of men and women who also took part in prison protests throughout the decades.

“They all had the same goal of a free Ireland. Some, like Ashe, died after being force fed while others like Kieran Doherty TD, died after spending 73 excruciating days on hunger strike, we salute them all.

“The book will launch take place at our  Ráth Mór office on Thursday night at 7.00pm all welcome.