Irish Left-Wing Party Sinn Fein Gains Political Influence

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Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald speaks to the media during a walkabout in central Dublin, whilst on the General Election campaign trail on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. Ireland goes to the polls for a general election on Feb. 8. | Brian Lawless/PA via AP

Donald Donato writes in “People’s World” that the Irish political party, “Sinn Féin, have taken more than 30 seats in the Daíl and 24.5% of the vote”. Similarly, “Sinn Féin’s president, Mary Lou McDonald, herself won 36% of her Dublin Central constituency, blowing away her election rivals who placed only 13, 12 and 10 percent, respectively.” While this isn’t the final tally this is “a strong indication that Sinn Féin has indeed won more votes than any other party and that is a historic victory.”

Sinn Fein has deep roots in Marxism (see the 1908 pamphlet Sinn Féin and Socialism) and the party’s 2020 people-over-profit platform Giving workers and families a break: A Manifesto for Change shows a continued commitment to socialism as it “calls attention to the struggles of working people over the course of the past century, and sets itself apart from the mainstream parties by asserting that they seek nothing less than ‘A United Ireland in which the economy serves the needs of our people and not the other way around.'”

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