Yesterday’s Sunday Times stirs the centenary stew by claiming that No less than five political parties are to mark the centenary of the Sinn Fein movement this year with rival commemorations – all of them claiming direct descendancy from Arthur Griffith’s version. They even woke Brian Feeney from his post-Christmas slumber, and he, unsurprisingly, throws his weight behind Gerry Adams’ Sinn Féin claim to the celebrations (if not the bill) – but will they wince at him pointing out that Griffith’s original Sinn Féin was not republican. [the original]Sinn Fein maintained the concept of a dual monarchy for Ireland under the British crown until 1917″?
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