Radicals & Realists - Political Parties in Ireland: A Concise History

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Radicals & Realists expertly unravels the tangled web of Irish politics and is the essential guide to the fascinating array of parties that have influenced Ireland’s political history.

Notes on Terminology

1. Irish Parliamentary Party
2. Ulster Unionist Party
3. Sinn Féin
4. Labour
5. Fianna Fáil
6. Fine Gael
7. Clann na Poblachta
8. Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
9. Social Democratic & Labour Party
10. Democratic Unionist Party
11. Progressive Democrats
12. Green Party
Chronology of Irish History


Republic of Ireland
1(a) Governance - Republic of Ireland
1(b) Governments, 1922-2020 - Republic of Ireland 
1(c) Taoisigh (Prime Ministers), 1922-2022

Northern Ireland
2(a) Governance - Northern Ireland
2(b) Political Institutions, 1921-2022 - Northern Ireland
2(c) Political Leaders, 1921-1972 1998-2021

Island of Ireland
3(a) Constitutional Relationship between Ireland and Northern Ireland
3(b) Women in Political Office
3(c) Nationalist Party Linkages, 1900-2022
3(d) Selected Minor Parties



From the nationalist, unionist and Labour traditions of pre-partition Ireland to the parties that have contested elections in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, The Political Parties of Ireland is the first book to feature all Irish political parties.

In addition to charting the successes and setbacks of the major parties, which are featured in the order in which they were founded, Lila Haines also reflects on how smaller parties have  influenced the direction of political travel.

Drawing widely on original sources, contemporary journalism, political memoirs, respected historians as well as accounts by key backroom participants, Lila Haines reveals the power struggles and collaborations, splinters and mergers, and the ideals and deals that changed Ireland.

The Political Parties of Ireland is an indispensable companion for all who wish to know how Ireland’s political parties have evolved, and how their electoral journeys are shaping the future of the  island they share.

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