Power Play: The Rise of Modern Sinn Fein

ISBN-13:
9781785370311
ISBN:
1785370316

This is the first comprehensive analysis of how Sinn Féin has transformed itself from political wing of the Republican movement to a mainstream force in Irish politics. In this book by one of Ireland's leading political journalists, Deaglán de Bréadún provides an incisive account of how the party has arrived at a position, in the space of one generation, where it is in power north of the border and knocking on the door of government in the south. Despite recent controversies and scandals arising from alleged sexual abuse by republican activists and the violent legacies of the Troubles, the party has maintained its popularity. The outsiders have now become insiders in the political game. Based on detailed research as well as interviews with a wide range of figures inside Sinn Féin and across the Irish political spectrum, Deaglán de Bréadún reveals the most fascinating and unmissable political story of 2015. Chapter 1: We Need to Talk About Sinn Féin Setting the scene: why Sinn Féin matters even if you don t like them Chapter 2: Hello Mary Lou Goodbye Gerry? In-depth interview and background on Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald Chapter 3: The Armalite and the Ballot-Box How Sinn Féin ditched abstentionism in both parts of Ireland and set out on the parliamentary road to the Republic Chapter 4: From Rebel to Ruler: Martin McGuinness. Meeting the former IRA leader, now the North's Deputy First Minister, at Stormont Castle Chapter 5: Now Get Out of That: Disowning Fateful Decisions. Grappling with the intricacies of economic policy in the Republic, Sinn Féin supports the Bank Guarantee but lives to regret it Chapter 6: Turning Swords into Ploughshares: Good Friday and its aftermath How the guerrillas ended up in government in the North and started to make inroads south of the border Chapter 7: Members, Critics and Observers: Perspectives on Sinn Féin from inside and outside the party Chapter 8: In the Eye of the Storm: Controversy after controversy for a party th


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