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November 03, 1986

Sinn Fein, the political wing of Northern Ireland's outlawed Irish Republican Army, voted 429 to 161 to lift its 65-year boycott of the Irish Republic's Parliament and allow elected members to take their seats. Opponents of the move later said they will form a new party, Republican Sinn Fein. Sinn Fein members elected to Parliament have not taken their seats because they believed it would legitimize the 1921 partition of Ireland. Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams argued in favor of ending the boycott, telling delegates they are being isolated from the public at a time when they need support for their goal of a united Ireland.

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