Irish Election Literature

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Leaflet from Frances Grehan -Official Sinn Fein – 1973 General Election – Roscommon Leitrim March 14, 2019


From the 1973 General Election a leaflet from Frances Grehan of Official Sinn Fein running in Roscommon Leitrim. She polled 770 votes and missed out on a seat.

 

A 1975 Piece by Ted Nealon in ‘Iris Fianna Fail’ on why Fianna Fail lost the 1973 General Election August 19, 2015

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From the Summer 1975 edition of ‘Iris Fianna Fail’ a piece by (later Fine Gael TD) Ted Nealon on why Fianna Fail lost the 1973 General Election. There is also a small piece on Party National Organiser Joe O’Neill.
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Leaflet from Séamus Costello – Sinn Fein -Wicklow – 1973 General Election March 15, 2015


From the 1973 General Election a leaflet from Séamus Costello running for Official Sinn Fein in Wicklow. He polled 1,966 votes and missed out on a seat.
Many thanks to the sender.
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“Election News” – Official Sinn Fein leaflet from the 1973 General Election August 14, 2014


From the 1973 General Election Campaign a newsletter “Election News” from Official Sinn Fein. It includes an Interview with Tomas MacGiolla and pieces on Equality for Women, Defending the Farm and other issues.
Many thanks to the sender
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Leaflet from Peigin Doyle – Official Sinn Fein – Dublin South Central -1973 General Election July 21, 2014


From the 1973 General Election a leaflet from Peigin Doyle who was running for Official Sinn Fein in Dublin South Central. She polled 1521 votes and missed out on a seat. She also stood in the 1974 Local Elections in Pembroke/Rathmines polling 962 votes and also missing out on a seat.
I’m told Charlie Bird was her Election Agent.
Many thanks to the person who passed on the following link which contains a series of archive Workers Party Material
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“No More Rates” – Fianna Fail Leaflet from the 1973 General Election June 6, 2014

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From the 1973 General Election campaign a leaflet from Fianna Fail promising that were they elected Rates would be abolished. They weren’t elected and when returned to power in 1977 Domestic Rates were abolished.
Many thanks to the sender.
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1973 General Election Leaflet from The League for a Workers’ Republic -Young Socialists “Fianna Fail Out!” September 1, 2013


From the 1973 General Election Campaign a leaflet from The League for a Workers’ Republic -Young Socialists with the headline “Fianna Fail Out!” and urging voters to vote for Labour to encourage the likes of Matt Merrigan and Noel Browne to pursue Socialist Policies in government. Amongst those involved in the LWR were Carol Coulter, Alex White and Paddy Healy. More information on them here and here

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Patrick Turley – Independent ‘Unity Candidate’ -Monaghan 1973 General Election May 13, 2013

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From the 1973 General Election an ad for Independent ‘Unity’ candidate Patrick Turley who was running in Monaghan. Turley polled 1,827 votes and missed out on a seat.
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Leaflet from Conor Cruise O’Brien, Joe O’Connor, Paddy Dunne -Labour – 1973 General Election Dublin North East April 4, 2012


From the 1973 General Election a flyer from Labour Party Dublin North East candidates Conor Cruise O’Brien, Joe O’Connor and Paddy Dunne. Cruise O’Brien was elected with 7,774 votes, Dunne polled 3,106 votes and missed out whilst O’Connor polled 1,451 votes.
Paddy Dunne was a longstanding Labour Councillor and former Lord Mayor of Dublin who stood in numerous General Elections without success. In 1981 he was nominated to the Seanad.
Joe O’Connor ran again a year later in the Local Elections but failed to win a seat.
Conor Cruise O’Brien had first been elected in 1969 and after this 1973 election was appointed to cabinet as Minister for Posts and Telegraphs. He lost his seat in 1977 and served two years in the Seanad. He later joined Robert McCartneys United Kingdom Unionist Party and was elected to the Northern Ireland Forum. He is also well known as a writer of many books and a columnist with the Irish Independent.
Many thanks to the sender.

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From Labour 1973 “Taxes? Prices? Rents? Cost of living? … Fianna Fail has lost control” March 4, 2012

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From the 1973 General Election campaign an ad from the Labour Party indicating that Fianna Fail had lost control of a lot of things. “Taxes? Prices? Rents? Cost of living? Redundancies?”

 

“In one year her grocery bill has risen 14%. But her housekeeping money hasn’t”-Fine Gael 1973″ December 29, 2011


From the 1973 General Election an Ad from Fine Gael “In one year her grocery bill has risen 14%. But her housekeeping money hasn’t”.

 

From 1973 a leaflet for Labour Dun Laoghaire Candidates Barry Desmond and Flor O’Mahony September 12, 2011


From the 1973 General Election a leaflet for Labour candidates Barry Desmond and Flor O’Mahony who were running in Dun Laoghaire. Desmond polled 5,768 votes and was elected whilst O’Mahony polled 2,072 votes and failed to win a seat.
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From the 1973 General Election -“What will this Election decide?” Vote Fianna Fail- For Progress with Stability December 28, 2010


From the 1973 General Election campaign an ad for Fianna Fail asking “What will this Election decide?” and urging voters to ‘Vote Fianna Fail- For Progress with Stability’.
The Ad begins with the words..

This is one of the most important elections in the history of the State. It comes when the future of the North is in the balance,when crucial decisions are being taken in the EEC and when the institutions of the State are being attacked by the forces of subversion and Anarchy….

Beside a picture of Jack Lynch, six issues are listed which Fianna Fail ask if a coalition government would be better?
From the Galway advertiser site.
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From 1973 a “Welcome To Fianna Fail Country” Poster and Jack Lynch Poster December 9, 2010


Two Fianna Fail posters from the 1973 General Election. One with the message “Welcome To Fianna Fail Country” (Later copied by Tom Parlon and I’m sure others too) and a Jack Lynch poster also.

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“What do they expect you to believe?” -Fianna Fail anti Labour and Fine Gael ad from the 1973 General Election December 5, 2010


From the 1973 General Election campaign a Newspaper Ad for Fianna Fail attacking Labour and Fine Gael.
Amongst the reasons….
-that either party, without experience in government for 16 years, can guide the country in these difficult and dangerous times?
taken from the Galway Advertiser Site

 

Ad for Irene King -Aontacht Eireann -1973 GE Galway West October 26, 2010


From the 1973 General Election an Ad for Irene King the Aontacht Eireann candidate in Galway West. The Ad refers to a rally to be addressed by the late Kevin Boland. Its interesting that the Troubles or the North are not mentioned in the Ad. Instead its prices and benefits. I’ve also included a profile of the candidate which mentions the role of her Father in the war of Independence and Civil War as well as the impact of it. Irene King polled 416 votes.
Aontacht Éireann was founded in 1971 after Kevin Boland resigned from Fianna Fail in protest at the dismissal of Neil Blaney and Charles Haughey as well as Party Policy on The North. They Fielded 12 candidate (according to wikipedia) in the 1973 General Election but failed to win any seats. Boland resigned as leader in 1976 and the party was wound up in 1984.
Ad taken from the wonderful Galway Advertiser site.

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Jack Lynch and Brendan Corish Posters -1973 General Election April 9, 2010


Was sent these , many thanks to the donor.A Jack Lynch poster from 1973 and a Brendan Corish one also from the 1973 General Election.
The Wexford based, Brendan Corish, was first elected in 1945 in a by-election caused by the death of his father Richard Corish.He was re elected to the Dail on each occasion before retiring in 1982. He served as Labour Leader for 17 years.
He served as Minister for Social Welfare from 1954 until 1957 and was Tánaiste and Minister for Health and Social Welfare from 1973 to 1977. He passed away in 1990.
The late Jack Lynch first forays into the public world were as a player for both the Cork football and Cork Hurling teams.
In his time he won five Hurling All Ireland medals and one Football All Ireland.
He was first elected to the Dail in 1948 and retired in 1981. He succeeded Sean Lemass as Leader of Fianna Fail and as Taoiseach. In his time he served three terms as Taoiseach and was at the helm in the turbulent days of the Arms Crisis and Bloody Sunday. He passed away in 1999.

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