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
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.
'The by-election held in Fermanagh and South Tyrone on 9 April 1981 is considered by many to be the most significant Ireland during the Troubles. It saw the first victory for the militant republican movement, which the following year entered electoral politics in full force as Sinn Féin. The successful candidate was IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands who died 26 days later. The by-election was caused by the death of the sitting MP Frank Maguire.'