As her son Maze prisoner Kieran Doherty enters his 57th day of hunger strike, Margaret Doherty gives her opinion on how the strike could be resolved.

Margaret Doherty believes if a member of the British Government went into the prison to speak to the hunger strikers and talked things over with them, the strike would end.

I'm not a politician, I'm only a mother, but I know if they would go in that would be it.

Many representatives from organisations such as the Red Cross have gone into the prison to speak to the men but she does not think the British Government really want the strike to end.

I think the British Government don't want to settle, they just want them to die.

As Margaret Doherty sees it, the prisoners are willing to talk and the only way the matter will be settled is if officials go in to talk to them directly.

Kieran Doherty's hunger strike lasted 73 days and he died on 2 August 1981. He was elected TD for Cavan-Monaghan shortly before his death.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 17 July 1981. The reporter is John Deering.