In 1943, the women interned by the northern government inArmagh Prison went on hunger strike over their status and conditions in the jail. The hunger strike lasted for twenty-two days and ended when one woman was close to death (although the northern government did make minor concessions after the protest ended).
With the widespread use of internment after 1938, the northern government used the Belfast Prison on the Crumlin Road, the Al Rawdah prison ship, Derry Gaoland Armagh Gaol, . The latter was used to intern women , mainly from 1942. Although the jail in Armagh had first been built in 1780, it was modified and rebuilt onthe Pentonville model (similar in style to the Belfast Prison on the Crumlin Road), with two wings extending from a central ‘circle’. It also housed debtors and short-term sentenced prisoners.
The republican prisoners were housed in B wing, on B1, alongside what they…
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