Fianna Fáil, the Republican Party, was founded by Éamon de Valera in 1926. Its aims are to secure the unity and independence of Ireland as a republic, to restore the Irish language, to develop a distinctive national life in accordance with Irish traditions and ideals, and to make the resources and wealth of Ireland subservient to the needs and welfare of all the people of Ireland. Its policy also includes the provision of employment for the maximum number of people.
Fianna Fáil was in government in 1932-1948, 1951-1954, 1957-1973, 1977-1981, in 1982 and from 1987 to December 1994. Its leaders have been Éamon de Valera, 1926-1959, Sean Lemass, 1959-1966, Jack Lynch, 1966-1979, Charles Haughey, 1979-1992, AlbertReynolds, 1992-1994, and Bertie Ahern, from November, 1994. Its achievements have included the consolidation of Irish independence, promulgation of the Constitution in 1937, maintenance of Irish neutrality in the Second World War, construction of a domestic industrial base, redistribution of agricultural land, the introduction and extension of housing and social assistance programmes,
the opening up of Ireland to trade and investment, negotiating entry into the EEC and participation in the EU, including a massive increase in EU funding and the attraction of high technology industry and financial services to Ireland. In the 1992 to 1994 Government, in which Fianna Fáil was the main partner, the Joint Declaration on peace in Northern Ireland was signed by the Taoiseach and the British Prime Minister at Downing Street on 15 December, 1993.
Fianna Fáil is a broad based party with strong representation in both urban and rural Ireland. Since 1932 it has consistently been the largest party in the Dáil, and at the election in November, 1992 won 39% of the popular vote. It holds 67 out of the 166 seats in Dáil Éireann. Fianna Fáil is part of the European Democratic Alliance in the European Parliament. The Party’s Head Office is at 13 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2.