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increased importation of subversive inspired violence into the Republic, has been the growing public involvement of the new Irish Government in efforts to end the crisis in a much more publicised manner than that of the Haughey administration.
Failure to evoke a meaningful response from Westminster is putting mounting pressure on Dr Fitzgerald either to recall the Irish Ambassador from London or to take the even more drastic step of expelling the British Envoy from Dublin.
A Northern Ireland priest reacted angrily when paramilitaries broke an undertaking to keep off Church property during the funeral of hunger striker Kevin Lynch who died last Friday.
Fr Jack Quinn said: "They assured me there would be no volley in the church grounds or the graveyard. They broke their word and they gave no warning of it."
At the beginning of the week, Bishop Daly of Derry and Cardinal 0 Fiaich appealed to hunger strikers and their relatives to stop the fast and save lives.
At a youth rally in Dundalk, Cardinal 0 Fiaich asked for an end to the hunger strikes "not in a spirit of condemnation, but in the spirit of compassion with their own suffering and with the grief and anguish of relatives and friends.He 'implored' the men's leaders to call the strike off.