Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

From 1932 “Shall Widows and Orphans Suffer? Labour says -No!” April 15, 2012

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From the 1932 General Election “Shall Widows and Orphans Suffer? Labour says -No!”. Its interesting in that it points to the achievements of the UK Labour Party in bringing in Widows pensions in 1926.


“The Roll of Dishonour” and “A Hot Record”- Two 1932 Election posters from Cumann na nGaedheal February 14, 2012

Two great posters from the 1932 General Election produced by Cumann na nGaedheal. (via the National Library of Ireland’s Flickr Photostream)

The first one is

“…designed to counter Fianna Fáil protests at the amount of money being paid out as military pensions to ex-members of the National Army.
In response, the text of this poster roundly condemns Fianna Fáil for causing the Irish Civil War, a conflict that cost the Saorstát “Thirty-Five Million Pounds”.
This poster is incidentally a great source for the sums involved in the Damage to Property (Compensation) Act following the Irish Civil War. Obviously not all claimants are listed here. In fact, Cumann na nGaedheal make the point that a complete list “would require a score of Posters of this size”, but some of the sums were astronomical for the time:
The Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin: £102,905
The Freeman’s Journal, Townsend Street, Dublin: £49,390
Mitchelstown Castle, Cork: £46,475
Cork Examiner, Cork: £16,500
Bessborough House, Piltown, Kilkenny: £50,270
Condensed Milk Company, Tipperary: £59,290
Blacksod Whaling Company, Mayo: £4,950

The second one

“references popular culture in the form of records, implying that the chorus of all Fianna Fáil “songs” is the threat of war”

Other record related leaflets I’ve posted to date include this one from Alan Shatter in 2007




From Cumann na nGaedhael 1932 “De Valera’s Policy All Along has been Un-Irish and Un-Catholic” , “Remember Spain and Mexico” January 24, 2012

From the 1932 General Election Campaign some scathing anti Fianna Fail and De Valera ads from Cumann na nGaedhael.
And we think negative campaigning is bad now!



Cumann na nGaedheal posters and fliers “Fianna Fail V England” and more from exhibition in Tiesan Cafe, Harrington street September 15, 2011

Tiesan Cafe (46b Harrington st, Dublin 8 ) is currently exhibiting Irish posters from the 1930s.
The exhibition shows a series of Cumann na nGaedheal posters and fliers mainly taken from the 1932 general election. The exhibition was covered recently in the Irish Independent
Below a small sample of whats on show. I intend popping in there myself in the near future.
Many thanks to the sender.



“Please! Don’t Commit any More Murders -Keep Your Bullwark Against The Terrorists Vote for Cumann na nGaedheal” -1932 Election July 26, 2011

From the 1932 General Election “Please! Don’t Commit any More Murders” Screams the headline with the request to “Keep Your Bullwark Against The Terrorists Vote for Cumann na nGaedheal”


Fianna Fail leaflet concerning the Partys Jobs programme from the 1932 General Election March 30, 2011

From the historic 1932 General Election a Fianna Fail leaflet concerning their “Prepared Programme” “and the approximate numbers of workers that will get employment when in full productivity”.
It was quite a programme with a huge amount of jobs forecast. Fianna Fail got into power winning 72 seats and formed a minority Government supported by The Labour Party. The Government lasted slightly less than a year.


‘The Shadow Of The Gunman -Keep It From Your Home’ and other Cumann na nGaedhael Posters July 20, 2010

The famous ‘The Shadow Of The Gunman -Keep It From Your Home’ Poster from Cumann na nGaedhael. It was from the 1932 General Election. The other Posters I think are from 1932 also.
There was some imagination used in the making of the posters and through some of the messages you can see that The Civil War was still fresh in the Poster Designers minds.
Many thanks to the sender.



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