A look at the H-Block candidates that ran in the 1981 General Election, not just the Official Anti H-Block Armagh candidates but others such as Independent Fianna Fáil, Peoples Democracy and Anti H-Block Independents.
Podcast -The Irish Independence Party February 25, 2021
A look at the Irish Independence Party which ran from 1977 until the late 1980’s. They fielded 4 candidates in the 1979 UK Elections and were at their height winning 21 seats in the 1981 Northern Irish Local Elections. Sinn Féin’s decision to contest Northern Elections resulted in much of the IIPs support being lost.
Podcast -The National Labour Party February 18, 2021
The National Labour Party were a split from The Labour Party that lasted from 1944 to 1950. The split was due to various factors but mainly that Jim Larkin Snr had been allowed join the party and then selected to run for Labour in 1943, against the wishes of the ITGWU. The National Labour Party felt that Labour Party was overrun with Communists. The differences were finally settled in 1950, when the two parties were serving in Government together.
Podcast -The PAYE Tax Reform League February 11, 2021
In the 1970’s and 80’s the tax burden on PAYE workers was huge. It led to massive protests calling for farmers and self employed to be brought into the Tax net. Growing from those protests was The National Association for the Protection of PAYE Earners (NAPPE). The Tax Reform League became the Political wing of NAPPE and contested the 1987 General Election.
Podcast – Aontacht Éireann -Episode 33 February 5, 2021
The story of the Aontacht Éireann party founded by former Fianna Fáil Minister Kevin Boland in 1971. More Republican than Fianna Fáil they were Initially popular, however the party went downhill, losing all it’s seats in the 1973 General Election and 1974 Local Elections.
Podcast – Ailtirí na hAiséirghe January 22, 2021
Ailtirí na hAiséirghe were a Fascist Party founded in March 1942 and led by Gearóid Ó Cuinneagáin. They contested the 1943, 1944 and 1948 General Elections and won 9 seats in the 1945 Local Elections.
A look at the 1999 European Elections Campaign of Father Liam Sharkey, the last Catholic Priest to run for election here.
Podcast -The 1969 South West Donegal Hospitalization Committee candidate Eunan Curristan -Episode 29 January 19, 2021
A look at the 1969 General Election campaign of Eunan Curristan of The South West Donegal Hospitalization Committee. He was the first major Independent Hospital candidate to run in a General Election here.
Podcast -Bernie Murphy January 18, 2021
This episode covers the surprise election of Independent Bernie Murphy to Cork Corporation in 1985 in a campaign the likes of which hadn’t been seen before in Cork. The reaction to his election as well as looking at his 1987 Dáil Campaign and 1991 Local Elections Campaign.
Podcast -Muintir na hÉireann -Episode 27 December 11, 2020
This episode covers the pro-life Christian party Muintir na hÉireann led by Richard Greene that were very active in the 1990’s against Abortion and Divorce. By the time the 1997 General Election came along there were two groups using the Muintir na hÉireann name following a split. The Muintir na hÉireann led by Greene stood in the 1997 General Election.
Podcast – Episode 26 – The All Night Party / Sligo Leitrim Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Constituents by Lying and Cheating Politicians December 7, 2020
The episode covers Noel “Flukey” Gorman and his outing in November 1982 for the “Sligo Leitrim Society for the prevention of cruelty to constituents by lying and cheating politicians” and 1987 and 1994 outings for “The All Night Party” .
The Natural Law Party stood in Irish Elections (both North and South) during the 1990s. They were famous for their advocation of Natural Law and the promotion of solving the worlds issues via Yogic Flying.
Podcast – Córas na Poblachta- Episode 24 November 20, 2020
Córas na Poblachta were a Republican Party founded in 1940 that lasted until 1944. They were seen as a forerunner of Clann na Poblachta. Made up initially of Old IRA men and Civil War Veterans it had many new policies such as a Childrens Allowance that was later adopted by other parties.
Podcast – The Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement – Gluaiseacht Cearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta November 12, 2020
This episode looks at The Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement – Gluaiseacht Cearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta which contested the 1969 and 1973 General Elections and were a catalyst for many changes in Government policy towards Gaeltacht areas.
Podcast -The Emigration Action Movement -Episode 21 October 29, 2020
This episode covers the Cork based Anti Emigration Movement that fielded candidates in the 1960 Local Elections. They were also part of the broader Emigration Action Movement which was formed as a National Umbrella group for like minded groups and parties.
Podcast -Fishermen (Coastal Community ) Candidates from the November 1982 General Election. -Episode 20 October 22, 2020
This episode covers the campaign of the two Fishermen candidates (Coastal Community Candidates) that stood in the November 1982 General Election. Joe O’Shea in Kerry South and John L Sullivan in Cork South West. They were drawing attention to the issues faced by Fishermen especially to do with Herring quotas in the Celtic Sea. They had a wider agenda of development of the onshore fishing industry and the jobs that could bring to coastal areas.
This Episode cover the 1989 European Elections campaign of Father Paddy Ryan as well as his background and the issue of Extradition in the 1980’s