Tension eased slightly in the Republic of Ireland with the announcement on Tuesday night (28 November) that hunger-striking Irish Republican Army leader Sean MacStiofain had taken his first sip of water after ten days.
SV PAN Armoured cars along road and into Curragh camp
LV MacStiofain's solicitor Shevlin, Father McManus, wife & daughter arrive at Curragh & allowed through (4 shots)
LV Armoured car arrives at Curragh
SCU Father McManus speaking
SV ZOOM OUT Cars entering Curragh
REPORTER: "The fact is MacStiofain's hunger strike, as far as you are concerned, is now ended."
MCMANUS: "At the moment, Seen MacStiofain has drunk some water."
REPORTER: "What did he say to you before he drank this water?"
MCMANUS: "Are you just trying to get me off the hunger strike. And I said, I've never lied to you and I'm telling you now as a priest and as a friend, I believe completely that if you die tonight there's going to be bloodshed and death and civil war in the south of Ireland."
REPORTER: "Do you think he accepted that?"
MCMANUS: "He agreed to take some water."
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Background: Tension eased slightly in the Republic of Ireland with the announcement on Tuesday night (28 November) that hunger-striking Irish Republican Army leader Sean MacStiofain had taken his first sip of water after ten days.
News that MacStiofain had ended his "death or freedom" attempt came form Father Sean McManus after a visit to the weakened man in the Curragh Army Camp, near Dublin.
Father McManus had been accompanied by Mrs. MacStiofain and her daughter, and the IRA leader's solicitor, Myles Shevlin.
The Roman Catholic priest told newsmen he had persuaded the 44-year-old MacStiofain to take some water and a Eucharist wafer to prevent bloodshed in the south of Ireland.
SYNOPSIS: At the Curragh Army Camp, twenty miles from Dublin, a new development in the tense atmosphere of the Republic of Ireland. The camp is where Irish Republican Army leader Sean MacStiofain is receiving emergency medical treatment for the effects of his ten-day-old hunger and water strike.
Arriving at the camp to visit the forty-four-year-old leader are his wife Mary, their daughter, a Roman Catholic priest Father Sean McManus and MacStiofain's solicitor, Myles Shevlin. They are cleared through the gates of the heavily guarded camp that has been the scene of tension since the IRA leader was flown there by helicopter from Dublin's Mater Hospital in a critically weak condition.
But the tension eased slightly after Father McManus came out to waiting newsmen and announced that he had persuaded MacStiofain to take some water and a Eucharist wafer.
News that MacStiofain had ended his "death or freedom" bid was received with relief. Father McManus said the IRA leader had earlier been administered oxygen after an apparent collapse.