The Rise of Sinn Féin


  • Brian O'Boyle


The rise of Sinn Féin (SF) is the most important contemporary phenomenon in Irish politics. From a low of just 9% in southern elections in 2019, SF has risen to become the most popular party on both sides of the border – a position recently reinforced by their victory in the north on 18 May. Sinn Féin currently wins support through two key promises. First, they promise genuine change, presenting themselves as the only party capable of throwing out the establishment. Second, they promise genuine progress, positioning themselves within the broad left on social rights, and public spending.