As a consequence of Sinn Féin's connection with the IRA, the military side of the republican movement has tended to overshadow the political, both in terms of its internal operation and strategic choices and in terms of the attention that it has attracted from scholars, writers and journalists. However, since the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, Sinn Féin has experienced substantial growth, in terms of electoral results and party support, both in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland.
This book assesses the importance and relevance of Sinn Féin within the changing configurations of Irish politics, studying it as a political party on both sides of the Irish border. It investigates whether Sinn Féin can sustain the progress made over the last decade, retain its identity as the voice of radical republicanism, and ultimately, whether its vision of a united Ireland can prevail.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Historical Overview, 1905 - 1981 3. The Story of the Hunger Strikes 4. New Image, New Language, New Style 5. Role of Sinn Féin in the Republic of Ireland 6. Role of Sinn Féin in the North 7. Logistics 8. International Dimension 9. New Issues 10. Future Prospects 11. The Legacy of the IRA
Agnès Maillot is Lecturer in Intercultural Studies at Dublin City University, where she also teaches politics and history. Her main area of research is Northern Ireland, and particularly Sinn Féin and the IRA.
''A through account of the recent progress ofthe controversial Irish political party perhaps best known as the political wing of the IRA.'
Simon Lyle, Newbury Weekly News 7.12.2004