Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Posters for Paddy Healy -NUI Seanad 2011 March 22, 2011

From the 2011 NUI Seanad Elections some posters from Independent candidate Paddy Healy.
His Website
(If you want copies of the posters in *.doc form , I can send them.)
many thanks to the sender.



“To All Leixlip Voters” -Catherine Murphy -Independent -Kildare North-2011 GE March 2, 2011

From the 2011 General Election in Kildare North a flyer from Independent candidate Catherine Murphy urging voters not to listen if they hear that her seat is safe. Having won the 2005 Kildare North by-election she lost her seat in 2007 partly due to being seen as safe.


Leaflet for Paddy Mulcahy -Independent -Cork North Central -1997 General Election February 28, 2011

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet for Independent Anti Service Charges candidate Paddy Mulcahy running in Cork North Central. Mulcahy who was active in the anti Bin Tax campaign and spent time in jail for his actions polled 889 votes.
Many thanks to the sender.



“A Strong Independent Voice For You” -Cieran Perry -Independent- Dublin Central February 21, 2011

“A Strong Independent Voice For You” a leaflet from Independent candidate Cieran Perry running in Dublin Central.



“Send home the clowns”-John Dwyer -Independent -Wexford February 20, 2011

A unusual flyer From John Dwyer an Independent candidate running in Wexford in the 2011 General election. The New Ross based Councillor Dwyer, had previously stood for Sinn Fein on a number of occasions.



Do not be misled by other candidates that ‘Healy Will Fly In’- Seamus Healy Ad-Tipperary South February 17, 2011

In reaction to the constituency poll published in last Mondays Irish Times which showed Seamus Healy winning a seat on the first count… the following ad was placed in the Local Paper.
Do not be misled by other candidates that ‘Healy Will Fly In’


“Asset seizure from Financial Criminals”Flyer and Leaflet from Cieran Perry -Independent -Dublin Central February 16, 2011

From the 2011 General Election Campaign a flyer and leaflet from Independent Community Candidate Councillor Cieran Perry who is running in Dublin Central.
Perry has a “Six Point Plan for Progress”. Of the six, one of the more interesting points is “Asset seizure from Financial Criminals“.
Many thanks to the sender



Poster for John Halligan -Independent – Waterford -2011 General Election February 4, 2011

From the 2011 General Election a poster for Independent candidate John Halligan who is running in Waterford. Halligan is seen as an outside bet of a seat and was rumoured to have been courted by the Labour Party.
Halligan is a former Workers Party councillor and was recently Lord Mayor of Waterford.
His Website


Paul Dolan -Independent Socialist -1985 Local Elections Cavan UDC November 15, 2010

From the 1985 Local Elections a leaflet for Independent Socialist Candidate Paul Dolan running for Cavan UDC. Paul Dolan had previously stood for the Socialist Labour Party.
Many thanks to the sender who notes..
He was elected in 85 and served 9 years declining to run again. He joined Labour in 1991 and ran for Cavan county council (Cavan area) in the same year failing to take a seat with 340 votes, a feat which the local Anglo Celt newspaper described as outstanding for Labour.He declined to renew his membership of Labour around 95. He was also involved in the local H Block/Armagh group and the Gralton Labour History Committee.
The Leaflet gives a taste of the times ….



Finian McGrath -“Fighting for Jobs on the Northside” October 24, 2010

This Finian McGrath ad is from the back of a programme for a Charity Greyhound Racing night in Harolds Cross a few months ago that I attended.
In the ad he promotes the website.


Cieran Perry leaflet showing local issues he’d worked on -Independent- 2007 General Election Dublin Central September 30, 2010

A leaflet produced by Independent candidate Cieran Perry in late 2006 detailing issues that he had been involved with. The range of issues gives an indication of what an active Local Representative is involved in.
In 2009 Cieran Perry was elected to Dublin City Council.



Brian Fitzgerald -Independent -Meath East 2007 August 4, 2010

From the 2007 General Election in Meath East a leaflet from Independent candidate Brian Fitzgerald. He failed to get elected.
A former Labour Party TD for Meath, Fitzgerald was probably the most high profile departure from Labour in protest at the merger with Democratic Left.



‘Bookmark Your Issues’ Catherine Murphy- Independent -2007 GE Kildare North April 18, 2010

From the 2007 General Election campaign in Kildare North, a novel flyer from Then sitting TD Catherine Murphy.



Sean O’Grady- Independent- Killarney 1999 February 13, 2010

Former Workers Party candidate Sean O’Grady from the 1999 local elections for Killarney UDC. He was elected.
He is now a member of the Labour Party.


Tony Gregory-1991 Local Elections January 20, 2010

This the Late Tony Gregorys Leaflet from the 1991 Local Elections (From my own collection I see that Tony Gregory used this style leaflet for the 1985 Local Elections as well as the 1987,1989 and 1992 General elections so they can be confusing to date) .  In it he mentions support of the Postal Workers who went on Strike in 1991.

One of his major issues, especially in the 80s and 90s, was that when developments were taking place in the area , local labour was not often enough employed, this is referenced here with regard to the Custom House scheme.  The small bit about ‘ …strongly  supports Tax relief for mortgage holders’ .. is a rebuttal of a constant issue that was used to attack the left, and scare the middle classes, at the time. Labour also came in for the same treatment in 1991 and the 1992 General election (an example) .

Tony Gregory is also pictured with the Street Traders, fighting for their rights he ended up in Mountjoy. His record as a founder member of the Concerned Parents is there also.



Finian McGrath -Independent – Dublin North Central -1992 GE January 12, 2010

Finian McGrath from his first General Election in 1992 where he gained 764 votes. His vote in the 1997 GE increased and in 1999 he won a seat on Dublin City Council.
He was Elected to the Dail in 2002 when standing as part of the Independents Health Alliance.
His record as a fighter for the rights of the vulnerable is listed here as is his emphasis on Jobs and Health.



Cieran Perry- Independent- Dublin Central- 2007 General Election January 11, 2010

From the 2007 General Election, Independent Councillor Cieran Perry.



Gerry Browne -Independent Labour- 2005 Kildare North By-Election January 10, 2010

Gerry Browne the ‘Independent Labour’ candidate in the 2005 by-election in Kildare North caused by Charlie McCreeveys move to Brussells. Browne received 226 votes in a contest won by Catherine Murphy.



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