The site of the Soloheadbeg ambush, which  started a chain of events that brought about not just one but three civil conflicts that were fought primarily between Irish people. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

On January 21, 1919, the Sinn Féin MPs elected to Parliament in 1918 implemented a policy of abstention from Westminster and met as Dáil Éireann, affi(...)

Sinn Féin leaders at the First Dáil in 1919. Photograph: Hulton Archive

This weekend a century ago, with the declaration of the general election results on December 28th, Sinn Féin was absorbing the scale of its triumph an(...)

Researchers at Queens University Belfast have challenged the assumption that women voted en masse for Eamon de Valera’s Sinn Féin over a party which sought to deny them the franchise. Photograph: General Photographic Agency/Getty Images

For the last 100 years, it has been widely assumed that a massive extension of the franchise was one of the contributing factors in Sinn Féin’s landsl(...)

There are “decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks where decades happen,” Lenin wrote of the tumultuous days of the Bolshevik revolution. H(...)

Leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party John Redmond (left) with John Dillon, who succeeded him as leader, circa 1910. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In January 1918, the Daily Mail referred to the “increasing weakness” of Sinn Féin – a reminder that as far as some contemporary observers were concer(...)

A meeting in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, to protest against the extension of conscription to Ireland. Photograph: George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images

One hundred years ago the first World War ended and Ireland embarked on a course of action that led rapidly to the independent Irish State. After a re(...)

Constance Markievicz: like all Sinn Féin MPs she was elected on an abstentionist platform

A portrait of Constance Markievicz is to be presented to the House of Commons as part of a programme of events to mark 100 years since women got the v(...)

John Redmond MP

History sometimes repeats itself. In ways, the hastily-arranged deal yesterday between the Conservatives and the Democratic Unionist Party mirrors on(...)

Michael Collins stayed in the Bush Hotel after arriving in Carrick-on-Shannon in 1917

In 1917 Sinn Féin was a party on the ascendent. In February of that year Count George Plunkett was elected in the North Roscommon byelection as an ind(...)

The article below is one of a series of seven. The National Library has released collections of documents relating to each of the seven signatories o(...)

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