In Gaelic and English, the aims of the Constitution and Rules are here set clearly forth: “The Object of Sinn Fein is the Re-Establishment of the Independence of Ireland.” The party wishes to establish a free and independent Ireland via passive resistance andnonviolent means, many outlined; yet hindsight observes that escalation is not explicitly abjured: “[W]e are determined to make use of any powers we have, or may have at any time in the future, to work for our own advancement and for the creation of a prosperous, virile, and independent nation.”
Philosophical and political aims are embedded in or entwined with very practical ones here: Political self-government is the way to (e.g.) protection of Irish trade, establishment of an independent bank and courts, national systems of insurance, and control of resources and education.
The publication ends with “General recommendations for the better working of branches [of Sinn Fein],” urging such nationalistic and resistance-oriented measures as that “posters, handbills, tickets, election literature and addresses, correspondence, etc., etc., should be bilingual in all possible cases,” and that “Branches and individual Sinn Feinidhthe . . . shall earnestly strive to discourage and if possible stop the sale in Ireland of those English (and Irish) newspapers which disseminate filthy ideas” — or “publish emigration advertisements.”
Remarkably, searches of COPAC fail to locate any copies of this in Britain, and similarly searches of the OPACs of the National Library of Ireland, Trinity College Dublin, and the British Library found no copies. NUC and WorldCat combine to locate copies at only four U.S. institutions, not including several expectable ones.
Connolly, Oxford Companion to Irish History (second edition, 2002), pp. 542–44. Original (and attractive) printed wrappers (which count in the pagination!); light scattered foxing and some faint soiling. A very good copy. Housed in a green cloth clamshell box with a leather spine label. (34328)
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