This article was originally published in the Burkean Journal. It is published here with their permission and the permission of its author Michael O’Dwyer Connolly.

Sinn Féin is a party with an illustrious and often controversial history in Irish politics. A long time ago it was the force behind our struggle for independence from an empire that had treated us with brutality for century after century.

After its split in the 1920s it took almost eighty years for it to emerge again as an elected force in Irish politics, first in Northern Ireland, where it took over from the SDLP in representing the nationalist cause – and then after the economic crash, it began to grow in the Republic.

In those long years between the early 20th century and the modern era, a very drastic change took place within Sinn Féin. Forget the tired old stereotypes of gunmen that are no longer relevant to the new generation. Neither is it the left-wing economics I take issue with, nor their laudable anti-imperialism stance. It is the internationalist cultural marxism within the party that must be exposed.

What began as a nationalist voice for the people of Ireland founded by staunch ethnic nationalists and cultural conservatives, fighting for their freedom and right to rule their own land, has since violently morphed into a Marxist entity that has far more in common with the likes of the Workers Party than with true Irish nationalists.

They do not even use the term nationalist anymore in describing themselves, but republican. A term which once signified a principled opposition to British monarchical rule in Ireland, but now refers to their desire to ruin our beautiful island and culture with the creation of a socialist republic – a fact they state freely.

Sinn Féin’s nationalist roots have long since withered away, with the Marxist fungus now taking strength from feeding on them, a vampiric affliction of internationalism.

The political elite within the party are unquestionably pushing their updated identity on their voting base, most of which support them based on the now incorrect belief that they are still Irish nationalists.

Focusing specifically on their branch in the Republic which has gone from strength to strength in recent years (as the Northern element has retained some of the nationalist tradition), we see them pledge an unquestioning love and loyalty to the European Union. An interesting turnaround from a party that was Ireland’s most Eurosceptic less than a decade ago.

No longer is the celebration of Irish people and Irish culture central to the doctrine of Sinn Féin, but a celebration of ‘diversity.’ Yes, the same ‘diversity’ that has done such wonders for Sweden, Germany, the UK and every other European country suffering from epidemics of migrant-induced violence.

For a party apparently so concerned with women’s issues as we saw during the referendum on the eighth amendment, one would think they would be in favour of protecting women from the acid attacks and sexual assault that they suffer in nations so blessed with vibrant diversity.

Alas little about modern Sinn Féin in the Republic of Ireland makes sense. They pretend to be anti-establishment despite supporting virtually every cultural policy of the global political elite. The only difference I can find between them and our discount Trudeau in the office of the Taoiseach is on economic policy, where Fine Gael is decidedly more neoliberal.

Of course, the average voter needn’t be concerned with economic matters anyway, one can be quite sure that any left-wing economics and positive anti-austerity policies will disintegrate and vanish, dust in the cosmic wind of Brussels and the ECB. Especially if they enter into a coalition government.

One could be forgiven for assuming someone had performed an icepick lobotomy on the once admirable party of Sinn Féin in the intervening century, or even the last ten years. In reality it has been suffering from an insidious ideological takeover for some time, with a notable split between the true nationalists and the internationalists within the party. This is particularly evident in the membership, where many true Irish patriots still reside.

However, with Mary-Lou ascendant it would appear that the internationalist faction has won out with the party elites. A faction more concerned with gay pride than with ending austerity, and preferring undying support for mass-migration to solving the homelessness crisis or reunifying the island.

Just as in Fianna Fáil under Micheal Martin, Sinn Féin has drifted ever further to the left on social issues. Leaving us in the awkward situation where Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin all agree on the future of Ireland as an uncultured swamp with no discernible national identity destined to be the rump state of the EU – with only mild disagreements on economic matters.

The Irish people, who vote Sinn Féin for nationalism and populist economics, who vote Fianna Fáil for its once-upon-a-time conservatism and Fine Gael because it’s not Fianna Fáil, would like some real democracy.

We would like to have elections for parties that actually differ in policy, instead of ones where the outcome is forever the same and we are forever ignored.

They say the devil’s greatest trick was convincing the world he didn’t exist. I’m not terribly religious and my knowledge of such matters is limited, but I do think they got that one wrong.

I’m quite sure the devil’s greatest trick was convincing Ireland that Sinn Féin are still nationalists.


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