Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Thomas Pringle -Independent- 2010 Donegal South West By-Election November 18, 2010

From the 2010 Donegal South West by-election a flyer (or part of it) from Independent candidate Thomas Pringle.
Killybegs based Pringle is a long time councillor. His website is There is also a Vote Thomas Pringle Facebook Page.

Thomas Pringle Donegal



“Sorry I Missed You” from Barry O’Neill -Fine Gael 2010 Donegal South West By-Election

From the 2010 Donegal South West By-Election a Sorry I missed you card from Fine Gael candidate Barry O’Neill.
On the reverse is a profile of the candidate. O’Neill, a producer with RTÉ Sport, was first elected as a Councillor in 2004.
Many Thanks to the Sender.



Pearse Doherty Leaflet -Sinn Fein 2010 Donegal South West By-Election November 17, 2010

From the 2010 Donegal South West By-Election a leaflet for Sinn Fein Candidate Pearse Doherty. It was Dohertys High Court Action that led to the holding of the by-election. In 2007 he came very close to winning a seat polling over 21% of the vote. He was subsequently elected to the Seanad. He is seen as having a great chance of winning the seat at the by-election.

(His record at

Many thanks to the sender.



“Donegal South West Nuacht” – Brian Ó Domhnaill -Fianna Fail 2010 By Election November 16, 2010

From the 2010 Donegal South West By-Election a Newsletter “Donegal South West Nuacht” from Fianna Fail candidate Brian Ó Domhnaill. The newsletter concentrates totally on local issues, with mostly good news stories of Government Achievements in Donegal. How Fianna Fail Delivered for Donegal South West and so on. Not a peep about the economic crisis.



Flyer for Brian O’ Domhnaill – Fianna Fail 2010 Donegal South West By-Election November 13, 2010

From the 2010 Donegal South West By-Election a flyer for Fianna Fail candidate Brian Ó Domhnaill.
In the main, it flirts away from National issues and focuses on the Candidate.
Brian Ó Domhnaill Donegal



Jimmy Harte -Independent (Now Labour) -Dongeal North East 2007 General Election. October 10, 2010

From the 2007 General Election a leaflet for Independent Candidate (and recent Labour Recruit) Jimmy Harte running in Donegal North East.
The Letterkenny based formed Fine Gael councillor polled 1314 votes. He is son of former Fine Gael TD Paddy Harte. The leaflet is a messy size, so I’ve uploaded it in *.pdf HERE


Tánaiste Mary Coughlan and Fianna Fail TD Noel O’Flynn-Their websites from 1999 September 9, 2010

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Have been doing a bit of messing around with the wayback machine….
Here’s the websites of two Fianna Fail TDs from 1999

A Link to Tánaiste Mary Coughlans Website from 1999

And A Link to
Noel O’Flynns Website from 1999

Not all links work and things may be slow to load…
To be fair Mary Coughlans site wasn’t too bad.


Dessie Larkin , Peter Patton -Independent Fianna Fail -2004 Letterkenny Town Council

From the 2004 Local Elections a leaflet for Independent Fianna Fail candidates for Letterkenny Town Council Dessie Larkin and Peter Patton. Dessie Larkin was elected but Peter Patton missed out.
Dessie Larkin is the son of former Independent Fianna Fail Senator James Larkin (1985 Leaflet here).
The aims and objectives of the party are fairly good. There’s little or no mention of the British presence in the North which was a mainstay of their early policies until the peace process.



Cecilia Keaveney- Fianna Fail- 2007 Donegal North East September 5, 2010

From the 2007 General Election a leaflet for Fianna Fail candidate Cecilia Keaveney running in Donegal North East. With the Blaney Independent Fianna Fail organisation rejoining the mothership and Jim McDaid deciding to stand again, Fianna Fail went into the election with 3 sitting TDs fighting for 3 seats.
Despite polling 6,362 votes the Inishowen based Keaveney lost her seat to Fine Gael Senator Joe McHugh.
She is the daughter of former Independent Fianna Fail TD Paddy Keaveney who was elected in the 1976 By Election. Paddy Keavaney lost his seat in the 1977 General Election. He later rejoined Fianna Fail. (an old Leaflet of him standing for Fianna Fail).
20 years after her fathers election. Cecilia Keaveney was also first elected in a By Election, the by election due to the death of her Fathers former Colleague Neil T Blaney. (an old Neil T Blaney Leaflet)



Pat The Cope Gallagher, Mark Killilea -Fianna Fail -Connaught Ulster 1994 European Elections July 7, 2010

From the 1994 European Elections a leaflet for Fianna Fail candidates Mark Killilea and Pat the Cope Gallagher.
Both were elected.
Killilea served two terms in Europe.
Having served as a TD since 1981, Gallagher was first elected to The European Parliament in this 1994 election. He was reelected in 1999 , didn’t stand in 2004 and was elected again in 2009.



Leaflet for Pádraig Mac Lochlainn -Sinn Fein -2009 European Elections North West June 19, 2010

From the 2009 European Elections a leaflet for Sinn Fein candidate Pádraig Mac Lochlainn running in North-West. Pádraig Mac Lochlainn polled 45,515 votes, just over 9% of the total poll and failed to win a seat.
He is seen as a contender in Donegal North East at the next General Election. In 2007 he was second on the first count but failed to attract sufficient transfers to put him over the line.



Albert Doherty, Columba Doherty -Independent Fianna Fail- Innisowen 2004 LE March 15, 2010

From the 2004 Local Elections in Donegal, Independent Fianna Fail candidates Albert Doherty and Columba Doherty. Neither were elected.



Seamus Gill , Mary McGroarty, Bernard McGuinness -Fine Gael -Buncrana 1991 LE March 7, 2010

From the 1991 Local Elections in the Buncrana LEA, Fine Gael candidates Seamus Gill , Mary McGroarty and Bernard McGuinness. Their concerns echo many of the concerns of today.
Bernard McGuinness stood in Donegal North East in 1981, 1992 and 2002 for Fine Gael but without winning a seat.


‘You gotta have …’ Paddy Harte, Angela Lupton, Joe McCartin -Fine Gael 1989 European Elections Connaught-Ulster February 9, 2010

From the 1989 European Elections in Connaught-Ulster a Paddy Harte election flyer with the Fine Gael team of Paddy Harte, Angela Lupton and Joe McCartin on the back. Despite the ballot paperish look on the back there isn’t a ‘1’ beside Hartes name.
Donegal based Paddy Harte and Galway based Angela Lupton both failed to get in. The Leitrim based Joe McCartin retained his seat which he held from 1979 to 2004.



Liam Blaney, Joseph Cullen,Michael McBride- Independent Fianna Fail -Milford 2004 LE January 6, 2010

Liam Blaney (son of Harry Blaney, Brother of Niall Blaney, nephew of Neil T Blaney etc….), Joseph Cullen and Michael McBride from the 2004 Local Elections which were not brilliant by any means for Independent Fianna Fail. In Milford Liam Blaney held on to his seat but McBride and Cullen failed to get elected.
(kindly sent by IFF at the time)



Laurence Blake, Joe O’Donnell and JJ Reid – Fine Gael Letterkenny 1985 LE December 11, 2009

Fine Gael from the 1985 local elections. Joe O’Donnell ‘best known locally as ‘Joe 90’.



Donegal Labour /Labour Youth -1985 LE December 5, 2009

Donegal Labour weren’t happy about being in coalition with Fine Gael. Being Socialists they didn’t want coalition with Fianna Fail either.God knows what they would have thought of the yet to be formed Progressive Democrats.
That small piece shows the problems parties (especially of the Left) have when going into Coalition. Here were Donegal Labour in effect, disavowing the party that they were standing for. Maybe thats why the literature differs from the 1985 Labour Party template.
Under the No Coalition is a small bit about Labour Youth and a recruitment ‘form’. The name to send off to is F McCafferty. Francis McClafferty stood in the 2004 local elections for the Socialist Party. In 2009 he was part of the group that set up the ‘Letterkenny Residents Party’ which had Tom Crossan elected to the UDC.
On the Reverse is a profile of Anne Wilkinson who was standing in the 1985 local elections for Labour.



Liam MacElhinney – Sinn Fein Letterkenny 1985 October 21, 2009

In 1985, the troubles and their impact were still very much part of life.
Compare Liam MacElinneys profile here which is in effect his CV as a Republican volunteer to the Sinn Fein of today and its very different.
It is of course of its time. At roughly the same time in Dublin, candidates were emphasising their work in the community as well as giving a brief mention to their Republican CV.
‘Section 31’ gets a mention. Also prominent is the fact that Sinn Fein Councillors “.. play a full and active part in the work of their councils…” a nod to let the public know that they took their council seats ?, especially given that Gerry Adams had been elected an MP two years previous and continued the party policy of abstentionism from Westminister.



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