The Long Game

The Long Game

Inside Sinn Féin



A fascinating, insightful, warts-and-all portrait' - The Guardian

'Painstakingly researched ... informed by countless inside sources' - The Observer

'Compelling and revealing' - Irish Times

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Inside the rise of the political party, once subordinate to the IRA, that is on the brink of taking power in Ireland

Sinn Féin is the most popular political party in both Northern Ireland and the Republic. A movement once synonymous with a paramilitary campaign is on the brink of taking real power through purely democratic means. But if Sinn Féin has mastered the art of electoral politics, it remains strangely opaque. Who really runs the party? How is it funded? And what can we expect of it as a party of government?

Aoife Moore, Irish Journalist of the Year in 2021, explores these and other burning questions in The Long Game. Drawing on exclusive interviews with current and former members of Sinn Féin, she builds up a picture of a party undergoing a profound, and still incomplete , transformation. She looks at the key individuals and moments that put the party on its present course, and she explores tensions within the party and the wider republican movement.

Packed with revelatory details, The Long Game is a groundbreaking telling of contemporary Ireland's biggest and most elusive political story.

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'A powerful portrait of the inside world of an elusive political party ... an important work' - Sunday Independent

'Eye opening and brave ... carefully researched, judicious and packed with revelatory detail' - Fergal Keane

'An explosive read ... important and revelatory' - Business Post

'Incisive [and] well-written' - Irish Times

'[An] excellent, well-sourced account' - The Telegraph

'... paint[s] a picture of a political force utterly unwilling to face scrutiny or have uncomfortable conversations with itself' - Financial Times


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About the author

Aoife Moore

Aoife Moore is an Irish journalist and political correspondent from Derry. She won Irish Journalist of the Year in 2021 for breaking the "Golfgate Scandal" for the Irish Examiner. She is currently based in Dublin. The Long Game is her first book.
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