So, who is lying, IRA leader Gerry Adams or former Priest Denis Bradley?
The latter alleges that Margaret Thatcher offered a compromise deal that would have ended the 1981 hunger strike early and saved six of the remaining prisoners who went on to die. Bradley was the man who maintained a secret link between successive British governments and the Provisionals.
Bradley claims that the IRA leadership had been handed a deal in early July 1981 - which eventually the prisoners did accept, but only after six more of their comrades had starved to death. Bradley's account contradicts claims by loyal supporters of Gerry Adams that there had been no offer on the table in July that could have ended the hunger strike after four prisoners died. Richard O'Rawe, the IRA's spokesman in the H-Blocks at the time of the hunger strike, said Bradley's recollection of a deal endorsed by Thatcher bolstered his own claim that the external republican leadership vetoed the compromise for electoral gains.
So, it appears clert it was the IRA leadership outside the Maze Prison who ensured six human sacrifices were made for their cause, when these lives could have been saved. That said, Thatcher should NOT, under any circumstances, have offered ANY face-saving compromises. If the IRA wanted to kill themselves, one by one, surely that was THEIR human right?