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Roibeárd Ó Seachnasaigh
Sands in Long Kesh, 1973 (aged 18–19)
|Member of Parliament
for Fermanagh and South Tyrone
9 April – 5 May 1981
|Preceded by||Frank Maguire|
|Succeeded by||Owen Carron|
9 March 1954|
|Died||5 May 1981
HM Prison Maze, Maze, County Down,
|Political party||Anti H-Block|
Geraldine Noade (m. 1972)
|Relatives||Bernadette Sands McKevitt (sister)|
|Allegiance||Provisional Irish Republican Army|
|Years of service||1972–1981|
|Unit||First Battalion South West Belfast, Belfast Brigade|
Robert Gerard Sands (Irish: Roibeárd Gearóid Ó Seachnasaigh; 9 March 1954 – 5 May 1981) was a member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) who died on hunger strike while imprisoned at HM Prison Maze (also known as Long Kesh) in Northern Ireland. Sands helped to plan the 1976 bombing of the Balmoral Furniture Company in Dunmurry, which was followed by a gun battle with the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC). Sands was arrested while trying to escape and sentenced to 14 years for firearms possession.
He was the leader of the 1981 hunger strike in which Irish republican prisoners protested against the removal of Special Category Status. During Sands' strike, he was elected to the British Parliament as an Anti H-Block candidate. His death and those of nine other hunger strikers was followed by a new surge of IRA recruitment and activity. International media coverage brought attention to the hunger strikers, and the republican movement in general, attracting both praise and criticism.
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