Arthur Griffith

Arthur Griffith (1871-1922) was the founder of the political party Sinn Féin, and the editor of the United Irishman newspaper, which he and William Rooney founded in 1899. In 1904, he wrote The Resurrection of Hungary, which advocated for a dual monarchy system akin to the arrangement between the Hungarians and the Austrians in 1867, the means of achieving such a model would be through a policy of abstentionism from the British Parliament and passive resistance. The dual monarchy proposal was however eventually scrapped, and Sinn Féin would become a republican party by 1917. Griffith then was involved in the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, having spent much of the War of Independence in prison, as part of the Irish delegation, as well as serving as President of Dáil Éireann until his death in 1922.



Founding of the United Irishman (1899)

The New Patriotism (1899)

On Pan-Celticism (1899)

A National Organisation (1899)

Prophets of Patriotism (1899)

Advance of Imperialism (1899)

Irishmen’s Business (1899)

The True Use Of History (1899)

The Anglo-Saxon (1899)

Song of the Transvaal Irish Brigade (1899)

Boer and Uitlander (1899-1902)

Formation of Cumann na nGaedheal (1900)

Valhalla (1900)

The National Revival (1900)

Napoleon and Ireland (1900)

On Authority (1901)

Irish Nationalism and the Irish Language (1901)

The Destruction of Tara (1901)

The Definition of an Irishman (1901)

“Irish Ireland.” (1901)

Our National Anthem (1901)

Preface to William Rooney’s Poems and Ballads (1901)

The Resurrection of Hungary (1904)

The Sinn Féin Policy (1906)

Ourselves (1909)

True and False Imperialism (1911)

The English-Made Strike (1911)

The Doctrine of Nationality (1911)

Preface to ‘Jail Journal (1913)

Labour, Capital and the Nation (1913)

The Economics of the ‘Food-Ship’ (1913)

Sinn Féin and the Labour Question (1913)

Thomas Davis: The Thinker and Teacher (1914)

National Unity: Back to the Base (1914)

Ulster and the Nation (1914)

Ireland and the War (1914)

The Influence of Fenianism (1915)

Preface to ‘Meagher of the Sword (1916)

Friedrich List (1917)

In Defence of Abstentionism (1918)

Speech on the Anglo-Irish Treaty (1921)

Arthur Griffith’s Last Statement (1922)


Arthur Griffith: Sinn Féin Theorist (1922) by Charles-Marie Garnier