Published 8th February, 2011
The Sinn Féin name has been associated with a number of parties, but this party claims to hold its roots in the original party founded in 1905 by Arthur Griffith.
Sinn Féin has been closely linked with the Provisional Irish Republican Army and has pursued an agenda of unification of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Until recently they were the only party active in both the North and South and to have elected representatives in both. They describe their ideology as democratic socialism, Irish Republicanism and Civic Nationalism.
The current leader of Sinn Féin is Gerry Adams.
Sinn Féin are members of the European United Left–Nordic Green Left (EUL-NGL) within the European Parliament.