The party put this forward in attempt to dispute these claims...
Sinn Fein included a transcript of a further comm on March 9, and say the original is in the Bobby Sands Trust archive of the National Library in Ireland.
In it, Sands writes:
If I don’t get seeing the Signer you should tell him of my change of heart on the Ballina thing, or should I say, change of mind... I was wondering (here it comes, says you), that out of the goodness of all yer hearts you could get me one miserly book and try to leave it in, the poems of Ethna Carberry – cissy. That’s really all I want. Last request, as they say. Some ask for cigarettes, others for blindfolds, yer man asks for poetry…
I thought that one would have to meet a solicitor (Signer) face to face in order to change a legal document?
But if you search that whole comm in Ten Men Dead you'll not find Bobby referring to a 'change of heart on the Ballina thing.'
Why is this I wonder?
There is also a section from another comm (see below) from Bobby (Marcella) in which he gave reasons for wanting to be buried down there (Meaning Ballina).
I have included a section from Nothing But An Unfinished Song by Denis O'Hearn, in which it refers to Bobby asking his lawyer to draw up a legal document backing up his request to be buried in County Mayo next to Michael Gaughan and Frank Stagg who had died on hunger strike in English jails.
In the final screenshot you'll see that Bobby wrote, "so if I should die here, tell "Mr Mason" to bury me in my blanket..."