We should send one the former IRA hunger strikers in to St Patricks Cathedral to give some advice to the Afgan asylum seekers on hunger strike there since Sunday.
For starters someone seems to have mis-translated "hunger strike" for them as some of them are not drinking fluids either. If you refuse food its a hunger strike and you'll last around 60 days, if you refuse water it's suicide and you'll last 6 days at most. It usually takes the Irish government at least a full week to make any decision, so that's not good for them, regardless of whether you agree with their cause or not.
Update: The majority of the Afghani hunger strike at St Patrick's Cathedral have started taking water.