Irish Election Literature

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Leaflet from Dessie Larkin, Maureen McLaughlin-Independent Fianna Fail -Letterkenny -2004 Local Elections August 3, 2012


From the 2004 Local Elections a leaflet from Independent Fianna Fail candidates Dessie Larkin and Maureen McLaughlin running in Letterkenny. Larkin, now a Fianna Fail councillor, topped the poll with 1,736 votes whilst McLaughlin polled 573 votes and missed out on a seat.
Other IFF material

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Sample Ballot paper from Independent Fianna Fail (Blaney) -1985 Local Elections Letterkenny UDC May 17, 2011


From the 1985 Local Elections a sample Ballot paper issued by Independent Fianna Fail for Letterkenny UDC. The candidates were Tadhg Culbert, James Larkin, Hugh Dorrian and Jim Lynch. (A leaflet from them with details of the candidates is posted here)
Of the other Non Party candidates Patrick J Blake, Charles Grant and Sean Maloney ran for The Community Party, whilst James Devenney ran for the Donegal Progressive Party which attracted a Protestant vote.

 

“Blaney For Europe” ads- Neil Blaney-1979 European Elections March 10, 2011


From the 1979 European Elections ads from The Galway Advertiser for Independent Fianna Fail candidate Neil Blaney running in Connaught Ulster.
“The EEC has failed to deliver on the promises made when you voted Yes to entry 7 years ago” writes Blaney giving details on faults from Potato marketing policy to The Regional Fund.
Blaney topped the poll and was elected on the first count.

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Dessie Larkin , Peter Patton -Independent Fianna Fail -2004 Letterkenny Town Council September 9, 2010


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.

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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.

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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)

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Tadhg Colbert, James Larkin, Hugh Dorrian, Jim Lynch- Independent Fianna Fail -Letterkenny UDC 1985 October 11, 2009


Tadhg Colbert, James Larkin, Hugh Dorrian and Jim Lynch. An Interesting bunch here. Unusual to see a candidates name have two different spellings. Tadhg Colbert on the front, Tadgh Culbert on the back. He later joined Fianna Fail and stood for them in the 1994 UDC elections.
James Larkin was Neil T Blaneys director of elections. He had also been a member of the Seanad, nominated as part of the deal for Independent Fianna Fail TD Neil T Blaney to support the 1982 Haughey government. Whilst not quite the headline grabber the Gregory deal was, this was the one and only time the Independent Fianna Fail party had a seat in the Seanad.
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