Last weeks An Phoblacht gave Republicans a chance to reply to the claims made by Richard O'Rawe in his new book. O'Rawe has claimed that the IRA allowed six of its prisoners to die during the Hunger Strike while a deal was on the table. However his credibility has been shattered by the stories of those closer to the situation than him who have stated that the only people capable of deciding on whether the Hunger Strike was to continue or be stopped were in fact the prisoners themselves. The outside Republican leadership apparently had no control. In addition to this, we learn from Hunger Striker Paul McGlinchey that Mr. O'Rawe has in fact lied on many accounts, including his assertion that he was on the same wing as Martin Hurson.
It seems that Mr. O'Rawe's tale is little more than an attempt to cash in on the suffering of ten of his comrades and his "book" should be treated with the contempt it deserves.