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The Department of Arts and Heritage Affairs is currently considering how the centenary of the death of Thomas Ashe should be marked.

Thomas Ashe

The Lispole man was involved in the 1916 Rising, he was tried on the same day as Éamon de Valera and sentenced to death; this sentence was then commuted to one of penal servitude.

Thomas Ashe went on hunger strike with another Kerry man, Austin Stack, during which he was forcibly fed.

He died in September 1917.

Calling on the Government to mark Thomas Ashe’s death, Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly says the anniversary of his death is relevant because the forcible feeding of prisoners continues to this day, most notably at Guantanamo Bay.

Senator Daly says we must stand up for the rights of prisoners irrespective of the reasons for which they are imprisoned.