Sinn Féin means "we ourselves". Photo: Flickr/Sinn Féin
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What does Sinn Féin mean?

"We ourselves".

Sinn Féin is an Irish republican political party active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Since forming in 1905, it has worked for the right of self-determination for a united Ireland.

The name Sinn Féin is from the Irish Gaelic expression for "we ourselves". It's pronounced Shin Fayn.

The party opposes Westminster’s jurisdiction in Northern Ireland, and its oath to the Queen, so its MPs abstain from sitting in parliament.

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The Deep Dive podcast: Mandates and Manifestos

The New Statesman's Deep Dive podcast.

Ian Leslie and Stewart Wood return for another episode of the Deep Dive. This time they're plunging into the murky world of election promises with Catherine Haddon, resident historian at the Institute of Government. Together they explore what an electoral mandate means, what a manifesto is for, and why we can't sue the government when they fail to keep their promises.

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