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This page contains a draft list of source material on the debate on abstentionism which took place at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis on Saturday 1 to Sunday 2 November 1986. The reader should also consult the CAIN bibliography for other references to this event.

Abstentionism: Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, 1-2 November 1986 - Details of Source Material

 

Resolution 162

Sinn Féin (SF). (1986) Text of the motion on abstentionism (Resolution 162) as presented to the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, 2 November 1986, Dublin. Dublin: Sinn Féin

Some Speeches at the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, 1-2 November 1986

Adams, Gerry. (1986) Extract from Presidential Address by Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin, on the issue of abstentionism (Resolution 162), Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Dublin, (1 November 1986). Belfast: Sinn Féin.

Doherty, Pat. (1986) Speech by Pat Doherty, then Sinn Féin National Organiser, proposing the motion on abstentionism (Resolution 162), Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Dublin, (2 November 1986). Belfast: Sinn Féin.

McGuinness, Martin. (1986) Speech by Martin McGuiness, then Vice-President of Sinn Féin, on the issue of abstentionism (Resolution 162), Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Dublin, (2 November 1986). Belfast: Sinn Féin.

O’Bradaigh, Ruairi. (1986) Speech by Ruairi O’Bradaigh, former President of Sinn Féin, opposing the motion on abstentionism (Resolution 162), Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Dublin, (2 November 1986). Dublin: Sinn Féin.

Adams, Gerry. (1986) Address by Gerry Adams, then President of Sinn Féin, before the outcome of the vote on abstentionism (Resolution 162) was announced, Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, Dublin, (2 November 1986). Belfast: Sinn Féin.

 

Books and Pamphlets

Adams, Gerry. (1990), Cage Eleven. Dingle: Brandon Books

Adams, Gerry. (1995), Free Ireland: Towards a Lasting Peace. Dingle: Brandon Books

Adams, Gerry. (1986), The Politics of Irish Freedom. Dingle: Brandon Books

Adams, Gerry. (1988), A Pathway to Peace. Dublin Mercier Press

Adams, Gerry. (1996), Before the Dawn: An Autobiography. London: Heinemann

Anderson, Brendan. (2002), Joe Cahill: A Life in the IRA. Dublin: O'Brien

Bean, Kevin. (2002), 'Defining Republicanism: Shifting Discourses of New Nationalism', in, Elliott, Marianne. (ed.) (2002), The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Bell, J. Bowyer. (1979),The Secret Army: The IRA 1916-1979. Dublin: Academy Press

Bell, J. Bowyer. (2000), The IRA, 1968-2000: An Analysis of a Secret Army. London : Frank Cass

Beresford, David. (1987), Ten Men Dead: The Story of the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike. London: Grafton.

Bishop and Mallie. (1987), The Provisional IRA. London: Heinemann

Clarke, Liam. (1987), Broadening the Battlefield: The H-Blocks and the Rise of Sinn Féin. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan

Clarke, Liam. and Johnstone, Kathryn. (2001), Martin McGuinness: From Guns to Government. Edinburgh : Mainstream

Coogan, Tim Pat. (1987), The I.R.A. London: Fontanna

Coogan, Tim Pat.(1995), The Troubles: Ireland's Ordeal 1966-1995 and the Search for Peace. London: Hutchinson

Dixon, Paul. (2001), Northern Ireland: The Politics of War and Peace. New York: Palgrave

Elliott, Marianne. (ed.) (2002), The Long Road to Peace in Northern Ireland. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.

Feeney, Brian. (2002), Sinn Féin: A Hundred Turbalent Years. Dublin: O’Brien Press

Kelley, Kevin. (1983), The Longest War: Northern Ireland and the IRA. Dingle: Brandon

Keena, Colm. (1990), Gerry Adams: A Biography. Cork: Mercier

Laffan, Michael.. (1999), The Resurrection of Ireland :the Sinn Féin Party, 1916-1923. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Mallie, E., and McKittrick, D. (1996), The Fight for Peace, the Secret Story Behind the Irish Peace Process. London: Heinemann

MacDermott, Eithne. (1998), Clann na Poblachta. Cork: Cork University Press.

MacStiofáin, Seán. (1975), Memoirs of a Revolutionary. London: Gordon Cremonesi

McIntyre, Anthony (2001), 'Modern Irish Republicanism and the Belfast Agreement: Chickens Coming Home to Roost, or Turkeys Celebrating Christmas?', in, Wilford, Rick. (ed.) (2001), Aspects of the Belfast Agreement. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Morrison, Danny. (1999), Then the walls came down: A Prison Journal. Dublin: Mercier Press

Moloney, Ed. (2002), A Secret History of the IRA. - London: Penguin Press

O'Brien, Brendan. (1999) 'Going Slightly Constitutional', in, 'The Long War: The IRA & Sinn Féin'. Dublin: The O'Brien Press.

O'Brien, Brendan. (2000), A Pocket History of the IRA. Dublin: O'Brien Press

O'Callaghan, Sean. (1999), The Informer. London: Corgi

O'Doherty, Malachi. (1997), The Trouble with Guns: the Military Strategy of the Provisional IRA. Belfast: Blackstaff

Patterson, Henry. (1989), The Politics of Illusion : Republicanism and Socialism in Modern Ireland. London : Hutchinson Radius

Sharrock, David. and Devonport, Mark. (1997), Man of war, Man of Peace? The Unauthorized Biography of Gerry Adams. London: Macmillan

Sinn Féin. (1986), The Politics of Revolution. Dublin: Sinn Féin.
[This pamphlet contains the main speeches and debates from the 1986 Ard Fheis.]

Sinn Féin. (n.d.1979?) New Members Course - Notes for Sinn Féin education officers: Republican lecture series. Dublin: Sinn Féin Education Department.

Sinn Féin. (n.d.1979?) The Split: Republican lecture series No.1. Dublin: Sinn Féin Education Department.

Sinn Féin. (n.d.1979?) Where Sinn Féin Stands: Republican lecture series No.1a. Dublin: Sinn Féin Education Department.

Sinn Féin. (n.d.1980?) Nationalism and Socialism: Republican lecture series No.3. Dublin: Sinn Féin Education Department.

Sinn Féin. (n.d.1981?) History of Republicanism (Part 1): Republican lecture series No.4. Dublin: Sinn Féin Education Department.

Sinn Féin. (n.d.1981?) History of Republicanism (Part 2): Republican lecture series No.5. Dublin: Sinn Féin Education Department.

Sinn Féin. (n.d.1983?) Election Interventions - Historical and Contemporary: Republican lecture series No.6. Dublin: Sinn Féin Education Department.

Taylor, Peter. (1998), Provos: The IRA and Sinn Fein. London: Bloomsbury

Toolis, Kevin. (1995), Rebel hearts: Journeys within the IRA's Soul. London: Picador

White, Robert W. (1993), Provisional Irish Republicans: An Oral and Interpretive History. London and Westport, Conn. Greenwood Press

 

Journal Articles

Alonso, R. (2001), 'The Modernization in Irish Republican Thinking Toward the Utility of Violence'. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 24, (2), pp.131-144.

Lynn, Brendan. (2002), ‘Tactic or Principle? The Evolution of Republican Thinking on Abstentionism in Ireland, 1970-1998’, Irish Political Studies, Vol.17 No.2, pp.74-94

Lynn, Brendan. (2001), 'Republicanism and the Abstentionist Tradition, 1970-1998', A Paper Presented to the Institute of Irish Studies, Queen's University Belfast, (May 2001). Belfast: Institute of Irish Studies, QUB.

Bean, Kevin. (1995), 'The New Departure': Recent Developments in Republican Strategy and Ideology'. Irish Studies Review, (10): 2-6.

Bean, Kevin. (1994), ‘The New Departure: Recent Developments in Irish Republican Ideology and Strategy. Occasional Papers in Irish Studies Liverpool: Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool

McIntyre, Anthony. (1995), 'Modern Irish Republicanism: the Product of British State Strategies'. Irish Political Studies, 10, 97-122.

Patterson, Henry. (1990), ‘Gerry Adams and the Modernisation of Republicanism’, Conflict Quarterly, Summer 1990, pp.5-23

Fortnight Magazine

Macnee, Calvin, (1981), ‘Fermanagh-South Tyrone Again’, Fortnight, No.181, 2 May 1981, p.2

n.a. (1981), ‘Bobby Sands Legacy’, Fortnight, No.181, 2 May 1981, p.3

Morrison, Danny. (1982), ‘The Provos will not Lay down their weapons’, Fortnight, No.189, December 1982, p.6

Moloney, Ed. (1983), ‘Where are the Provos going?’, Fortnight, No. 194, May 1983, p.4-5

Adams, Gerry. (1983), ‘Adams on Republicanism and Socialism’, Fortnight, September 1983, p.8-9

McGuinness, Martin. (1985), ‘Discarding the Fetters of Republican Myths’, Fortnight 3 March 1981, p.7-8

Moloney, Ed. (1985), ‘Provos wait for the Anglo-Irish Offensive’, Fortnight, No.227, 21 October 1985,p.4-5

Cusack, Jim. (1986), ‘Provisional Ard Fheis: Will they go Sticky?’, Fortnight, October 1986, p.10-11

n.a. (1987), ‘Young Turks, Old Scores’, Fortnight, January 1987, Fortnight, January 1987, p.6

Wilson, Robin. (1987), ‘The best-laid plans’, Fortnight, December 1987, p.10-12

Magill

n.a. (1986), ‘The Bomb and the Ballot’, Magill, July 1986, pp.28-32

Brown, Vincent., and O’Toole, Fintan. (1986), ‘The Ballot and the Bullet’, Magill, 13 November 1986, pp.8-15.

Iris: The Republican Magazine

n.a. (1981), ‘Hunger-strike opens up election front’, Iris: The Republican Magazine, Number 2, November 1981, pp.81-85

n.a. (1981), ‘Election Interventions’, Iris: The Republican Magazine, Number 2, November 1981, pp. 86-94

n.a. (1981), ‘Owen Carron: Anti-H Block/Armagh political prisoner candidate MP for Fermanagh and South Tyrone’, Iris: The Republican Magazine, Number 2, November 1981, pp.95-97

n.a. (1982), ‘The ballot bomb’, Iris: The Republican Magazine, Number 4, November 1982, pp.3-5

Delaney, Sean. (1982), ‘Sinn Féin and the Assembly Elections’, Iris: The Republican Magazine, Number 4, November 1982, pp.6-9

n.a. (1983), ‘Broadening the base’, Iris: The Republican Magazine, Number 5, March 1983, pp. 2-3

n.a. (1983), ‘A step along the road’, Iris: The Republican Magazine, Number 6, July 1983, pp. 2-6

n.a. (1983), ‘The 26 Counties: A state but not a nation’, Iris: The Republican Magazine, Number 7, November 1983, pp.2-3

n.a. (1984), ‘Harmonising political and military strategies’, Iris: The Republican Magazine, Number 8, August 1984, pp.2-5

n.a. (1985), ‘Forums’, Iris: The Republican Magazine, Number 10, July 1985, pp.2-3

Morrison, Danny. (1985), ‘Successful intervention: Electoral goal achieved’, Number 10, July 1985, pp.10-15

An Phoblacht/Republican News

‘Brownie’. (1975), ‘Active Abstentionism: A political prisoner in Long Kesk looks at the issue of abstentionism and asks: should we be prepared to work Britain’s system in Ireland’?, Republican News, 11 October 1975

‘Brownie’. (1975), ‘The Republic: A Reality’, Republican News, 29 November 1975

‘Brownie’. (1976), ‘The National Alternative’, Republican News, 3 April 1976

‘Brownie’. (1976), ‘Active Republicanism’, Republican News, 1 May 1976

‘Brownie’. (1976), ‘Agitate, Educate, Liberate’, Republican News, 22 May 1976

‘Brownie’. (1976), ‘A Review of the Situation – Past, Present and Future’, Republican News, 14 August 1976

‘Brownie’. (1976), ‘A State of Emergency’, Republican News, 4 September 1976

Drumm, Jimmy. (1977), ‘Annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration, Bodenstown, County Kildare – Address by Jimmy Drum, Republican News, 18 June 1976

Adams, Gerry. (1979), ‘Annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration, Bodenstown, County Kildare – Address, An Phoblacht/Republican News, 23 June 1979

Adams, Gerry. (1983), ‘Annual Wolfe Tone Commemoration, Bodenstown, County Kildare – Address, An Phoblacht/Republican News, 23 June 1983

 

Television Programmes

Thames (20/08/70), This Week. Arms and the Man (Interviews with Irish Republican Army (IRA) members about their organisation).

London Weekend Television (03/12/72), Weekend World. No Title (Main Item: profile of Provisional Irish Republican Army, IRA, Chief of Staff, Sean Mac Stiofain, and interviews with Brendan Magill, Rory O'Brady, David Thornley, Maire Mac Stiofain, Cathal Goulding, Daithi O'Connell and Garret Fitzgerald).

Thames (29/04/75), This Week. Men of Easter (History of Irish Republican Army (IRA) and investigation of Provisionals' claim to be men of ideals).

BBC1 (22/11/82), Panorama: Gerry Adams the Provos' politician

ITV (19/12/83), World In Action: Gerry Adams MP, The Member For West Belfast.- Adams elected to parliament

BBC2 (17/07/84), Panorama: The Armalite and the Ballot Paper- IRA / Sinn Féin overall strategies examined.

Sinn Féin. (1986), Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 1986: The Politics of Revolution. Dublin: Sinn Féin, Video 125 – 126, Northern Ireland Political Collection, Linen Hall Library Belfast.

BBC1 (29/02/88), Panorama: The Long War- a history of the PIRA political and military campaign

BBC1 (30/04/92), Spotlight:- Joe Hendron SDLP verses Gerry Adams Sinn Féin for West Belfast Westminster seat

BCC1 (23/09/97), The Provos (Part 1): Origins- Peter Taylor's series of documentaries on PIRA examines its origins.

BCC1 (30/09/97), The Provos (Part 2): 1975-1984

BCC1 (7/10/97), The Provos (Part 3): The IRA and Sinn Féin

BCC1 (14/10/97), The Provos (Part 4): The Present

BBC (01/07/98), Assembly Special- a documentary reporting Northern Ireland’s first Assembly meeting

BBC1 (29/11/99), Devolution Special- the appointment of new Northern Ireland Ministers at Stormont

UTV (29/11/99), Insight- the story of the historic day at Stormont as Sinn Féin go into government

UTV (27/02/01), Insight: Dying for Ireland- the legacy of the 1981 hunger strike examined

RTE (25/06/01) Sean MacStiofáin- 1981 interview with former PIRA chief of staff on his IRA career until he stepped down (in Irish with English subtitles)

BBC2 (24/06/01), End Game In Ireland (Part 1): the bomb and the ballot box- peace process beginnings from 1979 examined with interviews with Gerry Adams, Martin McGuiness and British Civil Servants.

BBC2 (01/07/01), End Game In Ireland (Part 2): talking to terrorists- November 1990 to December 1993, Gerry Adams, John Major, J. Adair, Cabinet Officials, D. Bradley (known as 'the link'), Albert Reynolds, all comment

BBC2 (08/07/01), End Game In Ireland (Part 3)- President Bill Clinton becomes involved 1993 to February 1996

BBC2 (15/08/01), End Game In Ireland (Part 4): Guns and government- Good Friday Agreement negotiated, but problem of decommissioning remains

RTE (16/10/01), For The Sake Of The Republic:- profile of Republican Tommy McKeamey. Includes his time in the Maze on Hunger Strike, and the deaths of his brothers during 'the Troubles'

SKY BBC (25/01/02), Knowledge:- Susan McKay profiles Sinn Féin member Martin McGuinness (MP), Education Minister.

BBC1 (04/03/03), Spotlight: Dissident Ranks- Profile of the dissident Republicans and their military and political efforts to destablise any moves towards peace. Interviews with 32 County Sovereignty Committee members Francis Mackey and Marian Price, also Republican Sinn Féin's Rory O’Brady. Comments from Sinn Féin's M.McLaughlin, and M.Gildernew. Profile of Real IRA’s Michael McKevitt and film of Real IRA’s Joe O’Connor’s funeral

SKY (30/12/03), Horizons: The Essential History of the Troubles (Part 1)- Looks at Nationalist opinion. Comments from Eamon McCann and John Kelly (SF); Pat McKeown recalls the Provisional IRA "war effort"; and journalist F.O'Connor examines the bond between the PIRA and its host community; O'Connor also discusses the rise in the political and economic confidence of Nationalism.

 


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