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Power Play: The Rise of Modern Sinn Féin

Power Play: The Rise of Modern Sinn Féin

Deaglán de Bréadún

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This is the extraordinary story of Sinn Féin’s dramatic transformation into a major political force in Ireland today.

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. How did this dramatic transformation come about? 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 unveils a fascinating and indispensable analysis of a party that has come in from the cold.

The book also draws on the author’s experiences covering the Northern Ireland peace process as well as politics in the Republic for many years, to reveal the most fascinating and unmissable political story of 2015.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: We Need to Talk About Sinn Féin
  • Chapter 2: Hello Mary Lou – Goodbye Gerry?
  • Chapter 3: The Armalite and the Ballot Box
  • Chapter 4: From Rebel to Ruler – Martin McGuinness
  • Chapter 5: Now Get Out of That:- Disowning Fateful Economic Decisions
  • Chapter 6: Turning Swords into Ploughshares – Good Friday and its aftermath
  • Chapter 7: Members, Critics and Observers
  • Chapter 8: In the Eye of the Storm
  • Chapter 9: The Rocky Path to Power Epilogue: The Story so Far

Additional Information

Author Deaglán de Bréadún
Publisher Merrion
Publication date 16 Oct 2015
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9781785370311

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