Sinn Fein: A Hundred Turbulent Years

A review of this book written by Brian Feeney.

The book, “Sinn Fein: A Hundred Turbulent Years”, by Brian Feeney, bills itself as a simple chronicle of Sinn Fein, a political party in the Republic of Ireland. This paper shows how Feeney traces the Sinn Fein party from its founding by Arthur Griffith in 1900 to the present day. The paper also shows how the book examines the recurrent themes in Irish politics, in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (Ulster).
“The book also deals quite extensively with Gerry Adams, former bomber and convict who took the reins of Sinn Fein in the 1990s and managed to wrest concessions from Great Britain concerning Ulster, particularly over the right of the Irish people to choose their own government. Adams includes Ulstermen and Ulsterwomen as Irish, despite the fact that the plantation of Scots Presbyterians there in ancient times has certainly diluted the “Irish” factor to some extent.”