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Structure of Sinn Féin
In Sinn Féin, the party structure is similar to that of Fianna Fáil. The principal units of the party are the cumann and the Comhairle Ceantair (area council), which consists of elected members from the area's cumainn. The Comhairle Ceantair is a form of district unit covering a number of cumainn over a geographic area (usually a County Council constituency). The Ard Comhairle functions as the Sinn Féin national committee and executive; it is composed of elected board members on an all-Ireland basis.
Structure of Fianna Fáil
The structure of Fianna Fáil is as follows; the elementary units of the party are the cumann, the Comhairle Ceantair (area council) and the Comhairle Dáil Cheantair (constituency council). The Comhairle Ceantair is a form of district unit covering a number of cumainn over a geographic area (usually a County Council local electoral area), while the Comhairle Dáil Cheantair is a collection of all the cumainn or all the Comhairlí Ceantair in a Dáil (parliamentary) constituency or county.
- Basil Chubb, The Government and Politics of Ireland