Would Bobby Sands have regarded the hunger strike that ended in his death 25 years ago this week as a price worth paying for his IRA comrades to share power with Ian Paisley under the British Crown?. There are new revelations about how the IRA manipulated the men, prolonging the fast to serve its political ambitions. The decision by Sand's family to hold a private event in the Maze hospital block has presented a public challenge to the Sinn Fein Leadership. Sand's sister who is married to the Real IRA leader Michael McKevitt, has made it clear in the past that the family are opposed to the Sinn Fein Leadership. A TV docu tonight on the Republic's RTE channel will support the theory that, contrary to Sinn Fein orthodoxy, the obstacle to ending the hunger strikes in 1981 was not Margaret Thatcher's intransigence. The docu claims the the IRA was offered a deal by Maggie that would have saved at least six of the hunger strikers. Im supprised its taken so long for others to work out how Messers Adams & McGuinness have manipulated Republicans for there own political gains.