Political prisoners and the Irish conflict 100 years on

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (Scopus)
296 Downloads (Pure)


This paper traces the impact of Irish political prisoners on the prison landscape in Ireland, north and south, over the past 100 years. For the post-1969 period in Northern Ireland, it explores three different styles of prison management: reactive containment, criminalisation and managerialism. It also examines the ways in which political prisoners sought to resist, including through strategic use of law, dirty protests and hunger-strikes, escapes and the use of violence. The paper then discusses the early release of prisoners under the Good Friday Agreement and the role that ex-prisoners have played in the peace process. It concludes with some reflections on the ongoing tensions between the state and dissident republican prisoners, asking what lessons (if any) can be gleaned from the past 100 years.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-91
Number of pages13
JournalHoward Journal of Crime and Justice
Issue number1
Early online date11 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2021


  • political prisoners
  • conflict
  • Northern Ireland


Dive into the research topics of 'Political prisoners and the Irish conflict 100 years on'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this