Today marks 40 years since Kieran Doherty was elected TD for Cavan-Monaghan.
He was on hunger strike in the H Blocks at the time and was one of two Anti-H Block TDs elected, along with Paddy Agnew in Louth.
At the time he was serving four years in prison for the hijack of a car and possession of firearms and explosives.
He began his hunger strike on May 22nd and died on August 2nd after 73 days.
Kieran Doherty was elected as TD in Cavan-Monaghan after receiving 15 per cent of the first preference vote.
Former Cavan Councillor Charlie Boylan acted as his election agent and former TD Caoimhghín Ó'Caoláin worked as Director of Elections.
He says despite the lack of political experience within the campaign, the message resonated with people: