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Abstentionism: Sinn Féin Ard Fheis, 1-2 November 1986
- A Selected Reading List

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This page contains a draft list of some of the most relevant 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 - A Selected Reading List


Key Texts

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

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

English, Richard. (2003), Armed Struggle : A History of the IRA. London: Macmillan.

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

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.

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.

Sinn Féin. (1986), The Politics of Revolution: main speeches & debates 1986 Sinn Féin Ard Fheis. Belfast and Dublin: Republican Publications.


General Reference Texts

Bardon, Jonathan. (1992) A History of Ulster. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
Bew, Paul., and Gillespie, Gordon. (1999) Northern Ireland: A Chronology of the Troubles 1968-1999. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan.
Coogan, Tim Pat. (1995) The Troubles: Ireland's Ordeal 1966-1996 and the Search for Peace. London: Hutchinson.
Elliott, Sydney., and Flakes, W.D. (1999) Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-1999. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
McKittrick, David. (2000) Making Sense of the Troubles. Belfast: Blackstaff Press.
McKittrick, David., Kelters, Seamus., Feeney, Brian., and Thornton, Chris. (1999) Lost Lives: The stories of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles. Edinburgh: Mainstream Publishing.
Sutton, Malcolm. (1994) Bear in mind these dead ... An Index of Deaths from the Conflict in Ireland 1969-1993. Belfast: Beyond the Pale.
[See also the revised and updated Sutton Index of Deaths 1969-2001.]

See also the list of source material for this section.


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