Sinn Féin is an Irish republican political party, organized across the island of Ireland.
The name is Irish for “ourselves” or “we ourselves”.
Sinn Féin is led by party president Gerry Adams TD, and is currently the second-largest party in the Assembly in the north of Ireland (the ‘Six Counties’), where it has five ministerial posts in the power-sharing Executive, and the fourth-largest party in
the Oireachtas, the parliament of the south of Ireland (the ‘Twenty-Six Counties’), where it is the main voice of opposition to the current government.
Sinn Fein also holds four seats in the British Parliament in Westminster, but in accordance with party policy, the Sinn Fein MPs are abstentionist members.
It is the third biggest political party on the island of Ireland with a popular vote of 398,915 following the 2011 general election in the south and the election of the Assembly in the north. Sinn Féin in the 2014 Local Government and European Elections returned a vote of 500’000 across the island.
Sinn Féin’s primary political objective is an end to British rule in Ireland, and the establishment of a united democratic socialist republic.
We oppose the policy of austerity and cuts, and believe a successful economy redistributes wealth equally and guarantees the right to education and training. We propose accountability and transparency in government, and oppose sectarianism and exclusion.
We want a Europe of Equals – a partnership of equal sovereign states, promoting peace, demilitarisation, nuclear disarmament and the just resolution of conflicts, co-operating in social and economic development in Europe and beyond.