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Anderson to host screening of '66 Days' in European Parliament

18 November, 2016 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP Martina Anderson will host a screening of the award-winning film, '66 Days' in the European Parliament in Brussels later this month. 

Ms Anderson said;

"This documentary film charts the course of one of the most significant moments in recent Irish history, the 1981 Hunger Strike and tells the story of its leader, IRA Volunteer Bobby Sands.

“The documentary is a powerful piece of film and includes a range of interviews from contemporaries of Bobby, journalists, historians and those involved, from all sides, in the recent conflict in Ireland.

“It is a detailed production that includes a wide range of views and provides an insight into one of the most recognisable freedom fighters in the world.

“Bobby Sands led the 1981 Irish Republican Hunger Strike in response to barbaric conditions imposed upon political prisoners in Long Kesh and Armagh Gaol. 

"Support for his struggle against the British Thatcher government was so immense that it saw Bobby be elected as Member of Parliament for Fermanagh South Tyrone. Bobby Sands remains an inspiration to all republicans and all those fighting oppression, occupation and discrimination across the world.

"We will be particularly delighted to welcome the film’s director, Brendan J Byrne to Brussels to take part in a panel discussion about the film and its subject matter. Joining him will be former political prisoners Councillor Seanna Walsh and Jennifer McCann MLA who will speak on their own experiences as political prisoners during the recent conflict.

“All are welcome to attend the viewing on Tuesday 29th November at 1900 in the European Parliament. To register just email [email protected]

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