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Not long after the Troubles in Ireland began, the Irish Republican Army split and the Official IRA and the Provisional IRA were born.
Finn, Daniel. “Ahead of the Game”. London Review of Books, No. 19, pp. 38 - 9.
5 May 1981
Bobby Sands , a member of the Provisional IRA , died in the Maze Prison near Belfast, where for two months he had been leading his final hunger strike.
“1981: Bobby Sands dies in prison”. BBC On this day.
Summer 1981
In this bad season for Northern Ireland, the perceived intransigence of Margaret Thatcher 's British government helped the IRA to increase its support.
11 May 1992
The sentence for terrorist killing which had kept Judith Ward in prison for eighteen years was overturned on appeal.