35 Facts About Sinn Fein

1. Sinn Fein was an amalgamation of groups founded by Arthur Griffith and Bulmer Hobson.

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2. Sinn Fein takes up its parliamentary allowances from Westminster despite not sitting on the Commons' benches.

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3. Sinn Fein will never abandon its policy of boycotting the House of Commons, according to one of the party's Westminster parliamentary candidates.

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4. Sinn Fein is best known as the former political wing of the disarmed IRA terror group.

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5. Sinn Fein goes to the electorate seeking a mandate for that position.

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6. Sinn Fein will be concerned about the ability of a DUP-dependent government to play the role of honest broker in any negotiations aimed at restoration of the devolved institutions.

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7. Sinn Fein is the largest Irish republican political party, and was closely associated with the Provisional IRA.

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8. Sinn Fein is a major party in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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9. Sinn Fein is a left-wing Irish republican political party active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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10. Sinn Fein gained an additional seat and increased its overall share of the vote, and McGuinness was assured an additional term as deputy first minister.

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11. Sinn Fein can reap rewards from any of the scenarios that will now unfold.

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12. In 1986, Sinn Fein ended its boycott of Ireland's parliament, with members taking seats for the first time since the parliament was established in 1922.

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13. Sinn Fein has enjoyed continued electoral success, overtaking the SDLP to become the largest nationalist party in Northern Ireland in the early 2000s.

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14. Sinn Fein was not involved in the Easter Rising, despite being blamed by the British Government for it.

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15. Sinn Fein is the name of an Irish political party founded in 1905 by Arthur Griffith.

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16. Sinn Fein is represented in all counties of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland and is extremely well-organized at the local level.

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17. Sinn Fein seeks the unification of the 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland and the six counties of Northern Ireland in a democratic-socialist Irish republic.

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18. Sinn Fein lost a seat in the 2016 election for the Northern Ireland Assembly to fall to 28 seats.

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19. In 2011 Sinn Fein capitalized on the dissatisfaction of voters with Ireland's ruling Fianna Fail party and ran a strong campaign in the Irish general election in February.

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20. In 1986 Sinn Fein chose to take the seats it had won in the Dail, though it continued to abstain from participation in the British Parliament.

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21. Sinn Fein was of little importance until the Easter Rising in Dublin, after which it became the rallying point for extreme nationalist sentiment, referred to as Republicanism.

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22. Sinn Fein has historically campaigned for Irish unity across both the Northern and Republic areas.

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23. Sinn Fein admits it used public funds to pay 'super spad'.

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24. Sinn Fein has slammed the Conservatives after a former Tory cabinet minister urged the British government to threaten food shortages in a 'no deal' Brexit as leverage to force the Irish government to drops it commitment to a backstop.

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25. Sinn Fein made a breakthrough in the Dublin constituency in 2004.

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26. Sinn Fein is represented on most county and city councils.

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27. Sinn Fein lost some ground in the 2016 Assembly election, dropping one seat to finish with 28, ten behind the DUP.

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28. Sinn Fein increased its share of the nationalist vote in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 Assembly elections, with Martin McGuinness, former Minister for Education, taking the post of deputy First Minister in the Northern Ireland power-sharing Executive Committee.

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29. Sinn Fein is organised throughout Ireland, and membership is open to all Irish residents over the age of 16.

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30. Sinn Fein supports the creation of a "Minister for Europe", the independence of the Basque Country from Spain and France, and the Palestinians in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

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31. Sinn Fein was on the same side of the debate as the DUP and most of the UUP in that they wanted to pull out when UK had its referendum in 1975.

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32. Sinn Fein is the largest Irish republican political party, and was historically associated with the IRA, while having been associated with the Provisional IRA in the party's modern incarnation.

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33. Sinn Fein was given a concrete presence in the community when the IRA declared a ceasefire in 1975.

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34. Sinn Fein took off as a protest movement after the introduction of internment in August 1971, organising marches and pickets.

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35. Sinn Fein is the largest nationalist party in the Northern Ireland Assembly, and the joint-largest overall; it had four ministerial posts in the most recent power-sharing Northern Ireland Executive.

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