Irish Republican hunger striker Bobby Sands is elected MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone in a by-election necessitated by the death of sitting MP Frank Maguire. In a hugely emotional campaign, Sands defeated Unionist candidate Harry West. The people of Fermanagh and South Tyrone spoke with a resounding voice when on 9th April 1981, 30,492 of them elected Bobby Sands as their political representative to the London parliament. Bobby Sands political prisoner, became Bobby Sands M.P.
May 5, 1981 Irish Republican Army hunger-striker Bobby Sands died at the Maze Prison in Northern Ireland on his 66th day without food. He had just been elected to a seat in Parliament while still serving the last of a 14-year sentence for possession of firearms. “Our revenge will be our children’s smiles.” - Bobby Sands