Unthinkable, years ago, during the reign of the West Brit revisionists at RTE and the stringent application of Section 31 of the Broadcasting Act there, it was ironical but also timely that RTE should discuss the hunger strike on its 30th anniversary from the human as well as the political point of view.

Last Sunday Miriam O’Callaghan interviewed two former hunger strikers, Raymond McCartney and Pat Sheehan, two former IRA activists who are now members of the Northern Assembly.

Their story is a remarkable one, full of courage and tragedy, and representative of what the nationalist community experienced, endured and triumphed over. ‘Miriam Meets…’ can be heard here here.