‘Tiocfaidh ár lá’ – tripled profits of Sinn Féin’s online shop

The company behind Sinn Féin’s online store saw its profits more than triple last year by selling more than €300,000 worth of Republican merchandise, according to recently filed accounts.

The Sinn Féin bookstore has caused controversy in the past by selling clothing, badges, posters and other items emblazoned with IRA slogans and pictures of activists wearing balaclavas.

However, it pulled most of its IRA-themed products from sale in 2018 after Fine Gael Senator Joe O’Reilly accused the store of glorifying terrorism and glorifying violence.

The store is operated by Republican Merchandising Limited, whose directors include Treasa Quinn, Sinn Féin’s chief financial officer, and Peter Graves, who ran the store when it had premises in Parnell Square, Dublin.

The company recorded revenue of €309,507 last year, an increase of 46% compared to 2020. Profits more than tripled from €44,527 to €141,894 during the same period.

Its current assets and cash more than doubled from €102,356 to €231,540 last year, and its cumulative profits increased from €758 to €142,652. She paid €12,780 in taxes and owed a total of €86,781 to her creditors.

Among the items for sale on the website are a t-shirt bearing the slogan ‘Tiocfaidh ár lá’ (‘Our day will come’) and a badge depicting armed activists in the back of a truck emblazoned with the Irish flag and words “Irish Republican Army”.

The limited edition portraits of the late Martin McGuinness by artist Robert Ballagh are priced at €600. The signed prints were made in 2017.

Some of the more controversial items that were pulled from sale in 2018 included T-shirts emblazoned with the slogans “Sniper at work” and “IRA: Undefeated Army.”

The sale of IRA merchandise was previously championed by former Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, who said in 2003 that there were people who viewed the organization as “freedom fighters, as people who have suffered a lot, like people whose members have been killed on active duty”.

“There are memories that I think deal with those who see the IRA in that context. You have to have a sense of proportion in all of that,” he said.