Irish Election Literature

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Leaflet from Marian White -Democratic Left -1992 General Election -Dublin South October 23, 2016


From the 1992 General Election a leaflet from Marian White who was running for Democratic Left in Dublin South. She polled 640 votes and missed out on a seat.
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Leaflet from Helen Lahert -Democratic Left -1992 General Election -Dublin North Central September 7, 2015


From the 1992 General Election a leaflet from Helen Lahert of the Democratic Left who was running in Dublin North Central. She polled 1376 votes and missed out on a seat.
Many thanks to the sender.
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“A Good T.D.” Flyer from Eamon Gilmore -Democratic Left -1997 General Election….. September 9, 2013


The site is Four years old today….
have had 750,230 page views…..
have an exhibition planned for early next year…..
The first thing I posted…..
An Eamon Gilmore Flyer from the 1997 General Election when he was running for the Democratic Left in Dun Laoghaire.

 

“In Touch” -Labour Newsletter from 1998 after the agreement to merge with Democratic Left March 14, 2013

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From December 1998 “In Touch” issue 2 a Labour members Newsletter published after the agreement of “The historic merger of Labour and Democratic Left”.
Members and branches are urged to contact Democratic Left in their areas to help start the merger process which was to officially happen on February 1st 1999.
It also provides a list of Democratic Left elected representatives.
There is also a section on Labour local election candidates for the 1999 Local Elections, details of the Party Leaders (Then Ruairi Quinn) Constituency tour and other items also.
Many thanks to the sender.

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1997 Leaflet from Liz McManus -Democratic Left – Wicklow January 14, 2013

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From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Liz McManus who was running for the Democratic Left in Wicklow. Having previously been a Workers Party Councillor, she was first elected to the Dail in 1992 when running for The Democratic Left. In this 1997 Election she polled 5,226 votes and was elected on the 9th count.
The leaflet shows the achievements of the Rainbow Coalition, note the Partnership Works Slogan and request to transfer to our government partners at the bottom of the leaflet.

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“Dun Laoghaire Newsletter.. Water Rates Abolished:” -Eamon Gilmore -Democratic Left- 1997 General Election Dun Laoghaire July 24, 2012


From the 1997 General Election “Dun Laoghaire Newsletter” from then Minister of State for the Marine and Democratic Left TD Eamon Gilmore running in Dun Laoghaire. The leaflet boasts of Water Rates being abolished.
“Water rates were a form of double taxation on PAYE workers and an unsatisfactory way of funding local Councils” said Gilmore. The leaflet also mentions job creating, outside toilets and crime.
In this 1997 election Gilmore polled 7,534 votes and held the seat he first won in 1989.

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From 1992 “If you think Eamon Gilmore Should be re-elected don’t take any chances …give him your No. 1 vote” June 2, 2012


From the 1992 General Election when running for the Democratic Left a leaflet with the headline.. “If you think Eamon Gilmore Should be re-elected don’t take any chances …give him your No. 1 vote”
In this Democratic Lefts first General Election Gilmore was re-elected polling 7,045 votes and comfortably taking the last seat.

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Eamon Gilmore leaflets mentioned by Joe Higgins in the Dail last week. February 20, 2012


In a speech in the Dail the last week Joe Higgins referred to some old Eamon Gilmore Leaflets that I’d posted here previously.
Just reposting them again with some of the text from the speech.

Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–I refer to what does not lie, namely, the history of this issue. There was a fresh faced councillor in Dún Laoghaire in the 1980s—–
Deputy Emmet Stagg:   Deputy Boyd Barrett.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–who put out a statement that he was the first councillor in the country to propose and win the abolition of the water rates. The same councillor, in a new manifestation—–
An Ceann Comhairle:   The Deputy is supposed to be asking a supplementary question not giving a lecture on history.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–in Democratic Left in the late 1980s and early 1990s—–

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Deputy Joe Higgins:   His thwarted political ambitions have a lot more to do with his outbursts here than anything I can say.
An Ceann Comhairle:   Deputy Higgins, through the Chair please.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   He made your seat in 1987 in campaigns against the local rates.
An Ceann Comhairle:   I am going to call an end to this if the Deputy does not conclude.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   In a new reincarnation, Democratic Left—–
Deputy Brendan Howlin:   In 1872.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–he stated that the PAYE taxpayers whom his party represented had already paid enough tax for local services and should not have to pay again. …..

I’ve a section dedicated to Gilmore leaflets here

 

Leaflet from Kathleen Lynch -Democratic Left- 1992 General Election Cork South Central September 4, 2011


From the 1992 General Election a leaflet from Kathleen Lynch of the Democratic Left running in Cork South Central. Lynch, now a Junior Minister with the Labour Party, was one of the group that split from The Workers Party to form Democratic Left.
In this election she polled 2,539 and failed to win a seat. She did however win a seat in the 1994 Cork North Central by Election. That by-election and Eric Byrnes victory in Dublin South Central, allowed the formation of the Rainbow coalition.

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Flyer from John Ryan -Democratic Left -1998 Limerick East By-Election July 31, 2011


From the 1998 Limerick East By-Election a flyer from Democratic Left candidate John Ryan. It (and the Dublin North by Election held on the same day) was the last election fought by the Democratic Left before their merger with the Labour Party.
John Ryan polled 3,868 votes.

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Leaflet from Proinsias DeRossa -Democratic Left -1997 General Election- Dublin North West June 4, 2011



From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from then leader of Democratic Left Proinsias DeRossa who was running in Dublin North West. De Rossa was one of the six Workers Party TDs who left to form what was initially called New Agenda and became Democratic Left. In this 1997 Election Democratic Left had been part of the outgoing Rainbow Government.
In this election DeRossa held his seat.
 

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Poster for Pat Rabbitte -Democratic Left -1994 European Elections April 13, 2011


From the 1994 European Elections in Dublin , a window poster for Pat Rabbitte running for the Democratic Left. Rabbitte polled 24,133 votes and failed to win a seat.

 

“A New Voice for Ring” -Fiachra O Céilleachair -Democratic Left 1997 Waterford March 18, 2011


From 1997 a leaflet from Fiachra O Céilleachair of the Democratic Left to voters in Ring. Fiachra O Ceilleachair had replaced Tony Wright on Waterford County Council. He held the seat running for Labour before losing it in 2004.

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“The last time they held a by-election Mayo got an Airport” -Eric Byrne -Democratic Left-1994 Dublin South Central by-election March 9, 2011


From the 1994 Dublin South Central By-Election a news sheet from Democratic Lefts Eric Byrne with the catchy headline of
“The last time they held a by-election Mayo got an Airport” .
Byrne was elected in the by-election and that victory along with the victory of Kathleen Lynch on the same day in Cork North Central allowed the numbers to be there to form the Rainbow Coalition.


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Jim Allen -Democratic Left -1992 General Election Dublin South East November 10, 2010


From the 1992 General Election a leaflet for Democratic Left candidate Jim Allen running in Dublin South East. Allen polled 874 votes. A year earlier he had polled 1113 votes (outpolling amongst others, Mary Hanafin and Maurice Manning) when running for The Workers Party in Rathmines.

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‘One of The Best ‘ Eamon Gilmore -Democratic Left- Dun Laoghaire 1992 GE November 3, 2010


From the 1992 General Election a leaflet from the then Democratic Left TD Eamon Gilmore running in Dun Laoghaire.
Some lovely slogans in ‘One of The Best‘ and ‘Make Sure Vote Gilmore‘.
We get details of how much Gilmore speaks in the Dail. The Leaflet also mentions that Gilmore ‘began the organisation of the first Peace Train‘.
(I had my doubts but here he is at the First Peace Train.)

We learn too that “He helped lead the campaign to reform his old party, and was one of the first to leave to form Democratic Left” (Should read to form New Agenda which became Democratic Left).
Gilmore was elected easily having polled 7,045 votes.

 

“My Contract with The Northside” -Helen Lahert -Democratic Left -1997 Election Dublin North Central October 19, 2010


From the 1997 General Election a Leaflet for Democratic Left candidate Helen Lahert running in Dublin North Central. She polled 1,194 votes and failed to win a seat. She had also stood in 1992.
In the leaflet she outlines her ‘Contract with The Northside’ which included the founding of a ‘Northside Taskforce‘. There was also a “Ten Point Plan For A Better Northside“.
The Democratic Left was part of the Rainbow Coalition, interestingly enough she asks for a number 2 for Labours Derek McDowell and vote 3 an FG candidate of your choice.
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“..Substance and policy are more important than style and performance”- Eamon Gilmore 1992 Letter to Voters October 11, 2010


From the 1992 General Election in Dun Laoghaire a letter to voters from the Democratic Lefts Eamon Gilmore.
One line in particular stands out “….that substance and policy are more important than style and performance”.
Eamon Gilmore was elected, which was a decent performance considering the Spring Tide.

 

 
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