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10 August 2006 Edition

The Republic will be their monument

10 August 2006

The struggle of political prisoners to resist criminalisation is as old as Irish republicanism itself. When Wolfe Tone was captured with a French military force off the Donegal coast in 1798 the French officers were treated as prisoners of war by the British but they took Tone to Dublin in chains as a common criminal. The Fenian prisoners suffered the worst privations of the Victorian criminal punishment system. From 1916 onwards the prisons became battlegrounds with republicans winning recognition as political prisoners through protests outside and inside the jails, including hunger strike. Free article

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  • This special edition which focuses on Irish Unity, features articles by Pearse Doherty, Dr Thomas Paul and Martina Anderson.
  • Pearse sets out the argument for an United Ireland Economy whilst Pat Sheehan makes the case for a universally free all-island health service.
  • Other articles include, ‘Ceist teanga in Éirinn Aontaithe’, ‘Getting to a new Ireland’ and ‘Ireland 1918-22: The people’s revolution’.

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