Irish Election Literature

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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—–

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.



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.



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.



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.



“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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