Ireland: The Strike Ends

And a step toward unity

Two quite different developments took place last week that could ease both historic and recent tensions in Northern Ireland. The more dramatic came from Maze Prison, where at week's end Irish Republican militants announced that they were giving up their seven-month campaign of fasting that has left ten dead since it began last March. In Dublin, Prime Minister Garret FitzGerald launched a bold initiative to change the constitution of the Irish Republic in ways that would make unification of the divided island more conceivable.

The statement from the prisoners was inevitable. Earlier, word spread that families of...

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