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Sinn Féin and the IRA: From Revolution to Moderation

Mathew Whiting


When Sinn Féin and the IRA emerged in Northern Ireland in 1969 they used a combination of revolutionary politics and violence to an effort to overthrow British rule. Today, the IRA is in a state of ‘retirement’, violence is a tactic of the past, and Sinn Féin is a co-ruler of Northern Ireland and an ever growing political player in the Republic of Ireland. This is one of the most startling transformations of a radical violent movement into a peaceful political one in recent times. So what exactly changed within Irish republicanism, what remains the same, and, crucially, what caused these chang ... More

Keywords: Sinn Féin, IRA, Moderation, Radicalism, Peace Processes, Northern Ireland, Separatism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781474420549
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420549.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mathew Whiting, author
University of Reading