Despite the collapse of peace process negotiations in late 2004, republicans could look forward with confidence to the year ahead. The party’s centenary celebrations had been scheduled to take place in 2005, with a rolling series of events to mark the Céad Blain of Sinn Féin.2 The purpose of such events, as Gerry Adams declared at the official launch of the programme, was to ‘repopularize’ the republican struggle; it was to emphasize the republican ‘century of struggle’ as a way of expanding Sinn Féin’s electoral support base. In light of his party’s recent success, Adams noted, ‘Sinn Féin is now politically and organizationally stronger than at any time since the 1920s.’3
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- 39.Irish Independent/Millward Brown IMS Opinion Poll, cited in J. Cusack and J. O’Malley, ‘McCartney/heist backlash rocks SF despite core vote’, Sunday Independent, front page, 27 February 2005.Google Scholar
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