Irish Election Literature

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Leaflet introducing Brid Smith- People Before Profit Alliance- 2014 Euro Elections -Dublin January 12, 2014

A leaflet from People Before Alliance Dublin European Election candidate Brid Smith outlining her past record.




Leaflet from Gerry Collins, Brian Crowley -Fianna Fail -1999 European Elections Munster January 23, 2013

From the 1999 European Elections a leaflet from Fianna Fail candidates Brian Crowley and Gerry Collins who were running in Munster. Both Collins and Crowley were elected. Crowley with a massive 154,195 votes, the highest number of votes and percentage of votes gotten by a candidate in European Elections in the Republic of Ireland.



Telecom Eireann CallCard promoting the 1999 European Parliament Elections January 9, 2013

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From the 1999 European Parliament Elections a Telecom Eireann CallCard (10 units) with the phrase ‘Speak For Yourself’




“Kiss With Your Eyes Closed -Vote With Your Eyes Open” -Ivana Bacik -2004 Euro Elections September 16, 2010

From the 2004 European Elections flyers from Labour candidate Ivana Bacik. She failed to win a seat.
The flyers caused a bit of a stir at the time given the association between kissing and voting. They were distributed in pubs and clubs during the campaign.
The sender (many thanks) notes “..original Ivana Bacik postcard from Euro election 2004. This version was used as a postcard, a large version was used for washroom adverts. The reverse side of this postcard has a sticker that was used at a post – election thank you event.”
I gather the initial flyers (a the bottom of the post)  I posted were an online one.



Joe Neal -Independent -Ireland East ,2004 European Elections July 6, 2010

From the 2004 European Elections a leaflet for Independent candidate, the Wexford-based actor Joe Neal.  Joe Neal was ‘formerly an active member of the Green Party’.  He polled 1,487 votes.



Marian Harkin – Independent- 2004 European Elections April 19, 2010

From the 2004 European Elections Independent candidate Marian Harkin running in the North West constituency where she topped the poll. She is pictured with Pat Cox. She was a TD at the time and notice how her substitutes were Paudge Connolly and James Breen.



Bernie Malone -Labour Party -1994 European Elections March 25, 2010

From the 1994 European Elections, Labour candidate Bernie Malone. Bernie Malone , a Malahide based councillor was co-opted to replace sitting MEP Barry Desmond in 1992. She was chosen as the Labour candidate at the selection convention only for Orla Guerin to be added to the ticket. Bernie Malone wasn’t happy and the two candidates developed a ‘rivralry’.
In the end it was Bernie Malone who won a seat.


Paschal Mooney – Fianna Fail -2009 Euro Elections February 26, 2010

From the 2009 European Elections, Fianna Fail candidate Paschal Mooney. Known many for ‘keeping it country’ on the radio, he has spent a long time in the Senate.



Deirdre De Burca Newsletter 2009 European Elections. February 12, 2010

Déirdre de Búrca Resigns Quit gormley Green senator
From the 2009 European Election Campaign a Newsletter from Green Party candidate Deirdre De Burca. She failed to be elected.
Also in the leaflet is a picture of her with John Gormley, Trevor Sargent and Joe Corr.
Each Green Party local election candidate is also pictured.
Senator Déirdre de Búrca has since resigned from the Senate.



‘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.



Orla Guerin -Labour -Leaflet 2- 1994 European Elections Dublin. February 5, 2010

The Now BBC journalist Orla Guerin from the 1994 European Elections in Dublin. Orla Guerin had been a journalist with RTE and was a national name.
She was added to the Labour Party ticket after the selection convention had selected The sitting MEP Bernie Malone, who had been co-opted to replace Barry Desmond.
Many within the party felt that Malone may struggle to hold on to the seat, especially under pressure from The Democratic Left and The Workers Party.
There was a great rivalry between Malone and Guerin and it added to the campaign.
In the end Bernie Malone won a seat, although Orla Guerin polled well.


Pat Rabbitte -‘What does he want..?’ – Democratic Left -1994 European Elections February 4, 2010

From Democratic Left in the 1994 European Elections in Dublin…. A Question asked by many over the years about Pat Rabbitte (and many others) ‘What does he want..?’
Prionsias De Rossa had won a seat for The Workers Party in Dublin in 1989. Following the Workers Party Split, De Rossa stepped down and the Democratic Lefts Des Geraghty was co-opted and served from 1992 to 1994 as an MEP. Despite Geraghty being the outgoing MEP, Pat Rabbitte stood in 1994.
The DL were very fond of quotes from newspapers (as The Greens used to be too). Rabbitte bemoans the lack of EU money for Dublin and the amount of funds going to farmers.
Rabbitte failed to win a seat. (result at



Libertas- Rebuttal of Negative issues and ‘Primetime’ leaflet for Canvassers January 9, 2010

In the run up to the 2009 European Elections a Primetime Special was done on Declan Ganley and Libertas.
Arising from the show this was sent out to Libertas canvassers.



Nuala Ahern – Green Party – 1994 European Elections December 30, 2009

It was a shock in 1994 when the Greens won 2 seats in the European Parliament Elections in Ireland. Patricia McKenna was seen as having a decent chance and subsequently shocked by topping the poll, however Nuala Aherns win was unexpected in many circles.
Ahern served two terms in the European Parliament having initially been elected to Wicklow Co Council for Greystones in 1991. Her Father Vincent McDowell was elected a Green councillor for Dun Laoghaire and stood in a number of General elections for the Greens (he also over the years stood for Labour and as an Independent).
Notice on the second scan the unusual Green Party Logo.



Brian Crowley -Fianna Fail- 1999 European Elections

The Ever Young looking Brian Crowley from the 1999 European Elections where he topped the poll getting almost 35% of the vote. The Leaflet mentions his time on the ‘Council of State’ as well as other items.



Mairead McGuinness Letter to electors -Fine Gael -2004 European Elections- East December 23, 2009

It was quite a coup when Fine Gael secured Journalist and TV presenter, Mairead McGuinness on its ‘East’ ticket for the 2004 European Elections. A hard-fought campaign and rivalry between herself and Avril Doyle led to Fine Gael winning two of the three seats on offer. McGuinness topping the poll with just over a quota.


Paddy Cooney, Charlie McDonald -Fine Gael -1989 European Elections Leinster December 22, 2009

From the 1989 European Elections Leinster. Paddy Cooney and Charlie McDonald.
Cooney was Minister for Justice in the 1973 to 77 Coalition government and later served as Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, Minister for Transport, Minister for Defence and Minister for Education. He was elected to the Dail in 1970 for Longford Westmeath, lost his seat in 1977, regained it in 1981 and held it until 1989 when (in the election the flyer is from) he won a seat in The European Parliament.
Charlie McDonald had a number of spells in the Seanad and also in the European Parliament. He served one Dail term from 1973 to 1977 for Laois Offaly.
Fine Gael emphasised their link to the Christian Democrats to imply that they had a bigger influence than Fianna Fail in the European Parliament.



John Dardis – Progressive Democrats – 1994 European Elections- Leinster December 14, 2009

John Dardis, a former Agricultural journalist served four terms in the Seanad and failed 3 times to win a seat in the Dail.
In this 1994 European Election he polled 12,591 votes and was never in the running for a seat.
The 9th of June 1994 was also the PDs first electoral outing under new Party Leader Mary Harney.



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