Not Another RSF Split?


Well-known member
Jan 10, 2009
Apparently a movement within RSF has gotten sick and tired of the leadership who they see as old skins who are out of touch.

Should any of us really be concerned about this?

from Saoirse, August 2010

THROUGHOUT June and July members of the Officer Board of Republican Sinn
Féin, including the President, Des Dalton, met with members of the
organisation in all four provinces and in England following the departure
of some members (see June SAOIRSE).

This splinter group has set up an organisation which they call ‘RSF – Real
Sinn Féin’ and has embarked an a policy of disinformation aimed at
confusing Republicans who have remained faithful to Republican Sinn Féin
and the Republican Movement in general.

Articles in both the broadsheet and tabloid newspapers have made claims
that the bulk of the Republican Movement is with this splinter group. The
articles in the tabloid papers in particular contained scurrilous attacks
on members of the true Republican Movement. These included threats to our
offices and to SAOIRSE.

Republican Sinn Féin is intact throughout the country. A small number have
left the organisation but in some areas people have returned to the
Movement. At meetings in Munster, Leinster, Connacht, Ulster and London
members of the organisation reaffirmed their allegiance to Republican Sinn
Féin and the aims and objectives of the Republican Movement. We have
received messages of support from supporters in the USA and in Europe.

On July 27 Kevin Devlin, Assistant PRO, Republican Sinn Féin, said:

“Following recent statements and letters from a Limerick-based splinter
group styling itself as “RSF, Real Sinn Féin” which have made their way
into the Irish News (Belfast) unquestioned and unchallenged, we feel
obliged to put the record straight on a few issues raised.

”This group does not speak for, and indeed is not qualified to speak for
any part of the Republican Movement. The bruised egos at the head of this
outfit are former members of Republican Sinn Féin who failed in an attempt
to usurp Sinn Féin and “took the ball home” when they didn’t get their own

”They have made up a name for themselves with the same initials as
Republican Sinn Féin with the clear purpose of creating the maximum amount
of confusion in the people’s mind.

“Republicans reject the spin of these self-serving individuals and their
media friends.”

The following statement was supplied to media sources, including SAOIRSE,
by the Irish Republican Publicity Bureau on August 5:

“We have been asked to release the following statement re the Irish Times,
Belfast Interview:

“The interview given by the latest splinter group to break away from the
Republican Movement to the Irish Times (July 28) is a tissue of falsehood
and fabrication mixed with gross exaggerations.

“It is the culmination of a campaign of untruth that began at the end of
September last when a change in the Presidency of Republican Sinn Féin was
announced to a meeting of An Ard Chomhairle.

“The tabloid press was the vehicle used Sunday after Sunday to sow distrust
and confusion in the ranks. The leadership believes that elements now
associated with the splinter group were responsible for this activity.

“The most serious charge made was that ‘over €20,000’ was misappropriated
by a prominent Republican in Belfast. This matter was enquired into
thoroughly, the sum of money was found to have been far less than was
stated and was in fact accounted for. There was no question of it being put
to personal use. However the subject was used for personal attacks on the
person concerned and is now being raised again.

“It has been made into a case of character assassination and is on a par
with the outrageous charges relating to other matters made from the same
quarter against personnel on the national officer board of Republican Sinn
Féin. These allegations were later withdrawn.

“Such matters could not be dealt with through the mechanism of a Continuity
Army convention and the judgement of the leadership was that for security
reasons such should not be held.

“Nothing was apparently said in the interview about the question of a
‘broad front’ with other organisations. This matter has been one of
contention for some years and has been rejected by the leadership and by
successive Ard-Fheiseanna of Republican Sinn Féin.

“In an interview with the Sunday Times of June 6 a spokesperson for the
splinter group ‘urged the leadership of the Real IRA (RIRA) and of Óglaigh
na h-Éireann (OnH) to unite’ with them.

“The splinter group’s proposal for a merger was turned down by the
principal organisation and nothing more has been heard of it.

“In Limerick a body calling itself ‘Limerick Independent Republican
Organisation (LIRO)’ has emerged, only to adopt the name RSF ‘Real Sinn
Féin’ in order to cause maximum confusion in the public mind. Those were
the people who called for ‘Republican unity’ on Easter Sunday last.

“Talk of a ‘takeover’ and of ‘95%’ of personnel joining the splinter group
is totally ridiculous. Other expressions such as ‘North versus South’ and
‘old versus young’ are rank Provo-speak. We have heard it all before,
especially in 1986.

“The splinter group people should go their own way and cease using the name
of the Republican Movement. They should quit calling at the homes of
faithful Republicans late at night and in numbers.

“They should stop attempting to intimidate sellers of SAOIRSE-Irish Freedom
from carrying out their work. This was particularly the case when the June
issue carried statements on the front page answering calls to hand over our
offices and our newspaper.

“These people are diverting attention from the Republican prisoners in
Maghaberry jail, Co Antrim, now in their ninth week of a ‘dirt strike’ for
political status as an escalation of their protest since Easter.

“Meanwhile the true Republican Movement continues to pursue its historic
aims and calls for increased support at home and abroad.

“(Signed) B Ó Ruairc, Rúnaí.”


Well-known member
Jan 10, 2009
Sorry Posted this in the wrong forum. Could one of the mods move it please?


Well-known member
Dec 8, 2009
Wow! So thats two guys on one side and three on the other? If they split again their meetings will be very lonely. What a bunch of cabbages!


Well-known member
Feb 1, 2007
Couldn't happen to a nicerr bunch of guys. What RSF are reaping now was well predicted by many, many people when they took in that "Tiny" crew in Limerick. People warned them only to be rebuked by various RSF posters that they were "loyal" "solid" "true republicans"...........I wonder what they call them mow. LMAO.

Monty Phyton really does sum them up!


Well-known member
Jan 5, 2005
Its time for the leadership in RSF to grasp this and sort it out once and for all. Republican parties will never be taken seriously by the electorate if we appear to be fighting and bickering the whole time. Time is nigh for Republican unity.


New member
Aug 14, 2010
It's on Republican Sinn Fein's Wiki. apparently they're calling themselves 'Real Sinn Fein'.
Oct 16, 2009
RSF must realise that for democracy in any united Ireland there will be many parties of which they will be but one. So, in the anti-partition Republican movement, there will be many parties and splinter parties.

All should work for the common good, not against each other. Prehaps both will survive, as long as they bicker they neutralise each other and PSF are the real winners.
Aug 6, 2007
what has this thread to do with Sinn Féin? It is on the wrong forum
Sinn Fein - Gardner place
Sinn Fein "The Workers Party"
Sinn Fein
Republican Sinn Fein
I can't believe its not Butter wouldn't melt in the mouth of Sinn Fein

After a while its easy to lose touch with who is who.
Sep 29, 2010
Yes there is a group calling themselves "Real" Sinn Féin. I wish them the best of luck as Republican Socialists but another Sinn Féin is just ridiculous and confusing for people.

New Threads

Popular Threads

Most Replies

Top Bottom