Founded in 1905, Sinn Fein became increasingly committed to Republicanism after the failure of the Home Rule movement. Having won a majority of Irish seats in the 1918 general election, its members refused to go to Westminster and set up their own parliament in Ireland in 1919. After a split in the 1920s the party began to function as the political wing of the IRA. It now sends representatives to the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Irish Dáil; Sinn Fein MPs elected to the House of Commons do not take up their seats
from Irish sinn féin 'we ourselves'.
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- I am not a Sinn Feiner, or Green party sympathiser.
- He claimed to be a Sinn Feiner, an Indian Nationalist, a French Republican, a Chevalier of the Bey of Tunis and a loyal Jacobite, bent on restoring the Stuart kings to the throne of England.
Definition of Sinn Fein in:
- The US English dictionary