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Northern Ireland #71915

ABC Evening News for Sunday, May 03, 1981
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(Studio) IRA (Irish Republican Army) convict Bobby Sands' condition said apparently deteriorating.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Belfast, North Ireland) British government's official version of Sands' condition noted contrasting with that of hunger strike organizers. His parents John and Rosaleen Sands noted with him in Maze prison. [Rosaleen SANDS - calls for calm when son dies.]

(Studio) Current atmosphere in North Ireland and possibility of 3 other hunger strikers proceeding with their fast noted; current status of Francis Hughes mentioned.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Bellaghy, North Ireland) Hughes' background examined; photos shown. [Father, Patrick J. HUGHES - expresses pride in son.] Hughes' life in Bellaghy, North Ireland, and role with IRA, discussed. [Oliver HUGHES - recalls brother] [Patrick HUGHES - reiterates pride in son.] [Oliver HUGHES - notes brother's commitment to fast.] His mother's perception of events and burial plans outlined.

(Studio) Pope John Paul II's remarks on North Ireland situation quoted; films shown.

Donaldson, Sam;
Dyk, Bob;
Lee, Mike

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