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The Democratic Socialist Party -What It Stands For -Leaflet circa 1981 December 22, 2022

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A leaflet outlining the Party Platform of The Democratic Socialist Party from around 1981. Many thanks to the sender.


Podcast -The Democratic Socialist Party January 28, 2021

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A look at the Jim Kemmy led Democratic Socialist Party that lasted from 1982 to 1990 before they merged with The Labour Party. It was the first Party here to back Abortion in certain circumstances , were anti Nationalist and very much in favour of the separation of Church and State.

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‘Kemmy For Ward 3’ – Jim Kemmy Democratic Socialist Party 1985 Local Elections November 21, 2011

From the 1985 Local Elections, the cover of an election edition of the Democratic Socialist Party paper ‘The Free Press’ which announces that Jim Kemmy will be standing in Ward 3.
Kemmy was duly elected on the first count , topping the poll. (Old Limerick Local Election results here)
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John De Courcy Ireland -Democratic Socialist Party- Dublin- 1984 European Elections January 14, 2010

This is from the 1984 Euro Elections. De Courcy Ireland, aside from his political interests was heavily involved in the foundation of the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. The profile below shows the calibre. He had been Jim Larkins election agent and  aside from the DSP, had spells affiliated or involved with the Northern Ireland Labour Party, the Irish Labour Party, the Communist Party of Ireland, the Workers Party, Democratic Left and the Socialist Workers Party. (Party details from Wikipedia)
He was a founding member of Irish CND and also involved with The Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement.
He passed away in 2006.

(This leaflet was previously part of another post)



The Free Press – Democratic Socialist Party paper 1984 September 9, 2009

This special edition of  ‘The Free Press’ was published for the Euro Elections of 1984. John De Courcy Ireland was the candidate. He polled 5,350 votes. John De Courcy Ireland had a long and varied career and is associated by many with the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire.
Amongst those pictured with him are Bill McCamley, Sean Barrett and Manus O’Riordan. Both Bill McCamley and Manus O’Riordan have been involved with SIPTU since. Amongst other titles Manus O’Riordan has been SIPTUs Head of Research, whilst Bill McCamley has been a Worker Director at Dublin Bus.
The leaflet also contains some interesting facts regarding religion, age, gender of Dun Laoghaire as well as topics that may be of interest especially those in/from the Dun Laoghaire area.
Should you want to read it easily, Clicking on the image will increase its size.



John De Courcy Ireland -Democratic Socialist Party- Dun Laoghaire November 1982

From the November 1982 General Election, a Flyer for John De Courcy Ireland running for the Democratic Socialist Party in Dun Laoghaire. Despite the calibre of the candidate he polled 1,036 votes.
The Democratic Socialist Party were founded by Limerickman Jim Kemmy who had been elected to the Dail initially as an independent. They lasted until 1990 when they joined up with Labour.   Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan and Councillors Michael Conaghan, Eamonn Maloney are former DSP members.



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