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Twenty five years ago British imperialism demonstrated its cold, calculating cruelty in the face of Irish Republican prisoners who felt they had no alternative but to make the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle for political rights, embarking on a hunger strike that would tragically end with their deaths. The Hunger Strikers of 1981 join a hall of many martyrs in the long struggle to free Ireland, the fight for national liberation and socalism. Gerry Ruddy of the Irish Republican Socialist Party has sent us an excellent and intimate analysis of the events, the tactics, and the politics of Republicanism from the time of the Hunger Strikes in 1981 to the present day, highlighting the need to build a revolutionary movement based on Marxism and rooted in the working class across all boundaries.