"A thing called Sinn Fein"
Arthur Griffith. Arthur Griffith oulined the policy of Sinn Fein as "to establish in Ireland's capital a national legislature endowed with the moral authority of the Irish nation". Griffith himself did not take part in the Easter Rising in 1916, although many Sinn Fein members, who were also members of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Republican Brotherhood, did. The name Sinn Fein means "ourselves" or "we ourselves" in Irish.