Sinn Féin is an Irish
republican party. We
stand for the ownership of Ireland by the Irish people. We want to
create an independent Ireland of
equal citizens – a place of freedom and
wealth of the nation is used for the benefit of all, and where
everybody’s voice is heard.
We stand proudly in the republican
tradition of Wolfe Tone, James
Connolly, and Bobby Sands. We draw inspiration from the vision outlined
in the Proclamation of the Republic in 1916. Our aim is to create an
Ireland based on the values of freedom, equality, community and social
justice. To achieve this requires ending the British presence in the
North, and challenging the corrupt establishment that dominates
politics in the South.
WE STAND FOR
INDEPENDENCE: Republicans want to see an end to the British
occupation of the Six Counties and the establishment of a 32-county
socialist republic. We want to see Irish neutrality protected. We stand
for a Europe that is a free association of nations rather than a
SOCIAL EQUALITY: Republicans want to see a society where
everybody is given the opportunity to reach their full potential,
unhampered by inequality, lack of education or inability to access
health care. A society divided between the very rich and the very poor
is a sick society. Sinn Féin stands for strong public services that
guarantee a decent level of healthcare, education, housing and
childcare to all. We want to see strong protection of workers' rights
and a robust Trade Union movement.
COMMUNITIES: Republicans believe in protecting and
strengthening the communities that are the fabric of our society.
Planning should focus on building sustainable communities with the full
range of facilities they need to thrive. Sinn Féin has a range of
progressive policies to tackle the scourges of drugs and anti-social
behaviour. We believe in social policies that will ensure people have
time and energy to contribute to their communities, rather than
dividing their day between work and commuting.
DEMOCRACY: Democracy means people having a real say
in the decisions that affect their lives, not handing authority to a
clique of politicians to make decisions for them. Sinn Féin wants to
see reform of the Seanad and a revitalisation of local government. We
want to see every branch of the state – in particular the Gardai – made
fully accountable. We are opposed to the undue influence of corporate
power and corporate money on public policy.
ECONOMICS: Prosperity must be based on sustainable foundations.
Sinn Féin wants to see a greater emphasis on indigenous Irish
industries and Research and Development, to counterbalance our
overdependence on foreign direct investment. Economic growth must
not be pursued at the cost of exhausting scarce resources or damaging
the biosphere on which we all depend. We need a robust array of
environmental protections and immediate action to combat the danger of
JUSTICE: Republicans want to see a world where every
section of humanity shares in the benefits of economic prosperity and
modern technologies. We are opposed to imperialism, whether economic,
political, or military, including the US occupation of Iraq and the use
of Shannon airport by American warplanes. We extend solidarity to the
peoples of Palestine, the Basque country and others who are struggling
for liberation and justice around the world.
Political change begins with
campaigning on the ground, not media sound bytes or parliamentary
votes. For republicans, political activity is not confined to election
time. Week by week and year by year, Sinn Féin is organising and
campaigning in communities throughout Ireland. We believe that direct
action and protest have a vital part to play in bringing about
Recent campaigns in which Sinn Féin has been involved include:
Demands” for moving
towards Irish Unity
of Aer Lingus
rights and displacement
The “Get Involved” page gives
ongoing campaigns in which Sinn Féin is active in Cork and how you can
play your part.
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