Infamous prison is torn down

From Times Wire Reports

Bulldozers began demolishing Northern Ireland’s notorious Maze prison, which once housed the most dangerous guerrillas from both sides of the province’s sectarian conflict.

Among the inmates were 10 Irish nationalist hunger strikers who starved themselves to death in 1981.

The prison has been empty since 2000, after the release of most guerrilla prisoners under the Good Friday agreement, which ushered in relative peace after 30 years of fighting in which 3,600 people died.

A sports stadium, equestrian center, hotel and shopping center have been proposed for the 360-acre site in County Antrim.