A dissident republican prisoner on hunger strike in a Northern Ireland jail was moved to its prison hospital on Tuesday when his condition deteriorated after 42 days without food.
Liam Hannaway, 39, a distant relation of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams, is two years into a ten-year sentence imposed for possessing explosives and is a member of the small dissident republican group Saor Uladh, according to local media.
A 1998 peace deal largely ended three decades of violence in the British province between predominantly Catholic groups and mainly Protestant unionists; but Republican dissidents remain active and killed two British soldiers and a policeman last year.
Saor Uladh, which has recently been revived after being disbanded more than 50 years ago, opposes Sinn Fein's role in Belfast's power-sharing administration with unionists and, like other republican dissident groups, wants a united Ireland.
The Northern Ireland Prison Service said Hannaway had been moved to the prison hospital where his condition was being "closely monitored". A spokesman said his condition was not yet causing concern.
Ten members of the Provisional IRA and Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), groups that have since surrendered their weapons, starved themselves to death in a 1981 hunger strike, dying between 46 and 73 days.
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