NIO thought Robinson and Armstrong key figures in loyalist hunger strike

Peter Robinson pictured in 1987

Peter Robinson pictured in 1987

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A secret memo about a loyalist hunger strike at Magilligan Prison in 1984 reveals the belief of a senior official that the DUP’s Peter Robinson and a prominent Presbyterian minister played key roles in the development of the fast.

The September 1984 note from AK Templeton in the Prison Information Unit — which has been released at the Public Record Office —was sent to ministers, numerous senior officials, two Army personnel and two RUC men.

It said that the current strike was much better organised than a previous attempt, with “better candidates” than an earlier hunger strike in which the leader was a convicted rapist.

 

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