Irish Election Literature

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From 1981 a Brilliant Fianna Fail ad looking for the Youth Vote! December 28, 2011

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From 1981 an attempt by Fianna Fail to attract the Youth Vote.
I love the young man asking “When we come to buy a house what chance have we got?” only to be answered by none other than Ray Burke , who was an expert in the matter of housing and planning.

 

Joe Sherlock -Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party – 1981 General Election Cork East December 10, 2011


From the 1981 General Election, a historic election for Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party as Joe Sherlock became their first TD (since the split). Sherlock was first elected to Cork County Council in 1974.
.His electoral record at electionsireland.org.
He is the father of current Labour TD Sean Sherlock

 

“Fine Gael Will Bring Prices Under Control” – Fine Gael Anti-Inflation Plan -1981 General Election November 18, 2011

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From the 1981 General Election a flyer advertising Fine Gaels credentials in Price Control with some headline details of the Anti Inflation Plan.
Strange now to see how government could keep the likes of ESB and Telephone prices down and Subsidise basic food prices

 

“Arise and follow Charlie” -Fianna Fail 1981 General Election Song November 15, 2011


From the 1981 General Election the Fianna Fail anthem “Arise and follow Charlie” in praise of then leader Charlie Haughey.

From southern glens to Aston Shores
The ancient cry of freedom roars
From Northern hills to Leinster’s doors
We’ll rise and follow Charlie

With Charlie’s song we’ll sing as one
With Charlie’s song we’ll sing along
With Charlie’s song we’ll march along
We’ll Rise and Follow Charlie

Hail the leader, hail the man
With Freedom’s cause it all began
With Irish Pride in every man
We’ll Rise and Follow Charlie

With Charlie’s song we’ll sing as one
With Charlie’s song we’ll sing along
With Charlie’s song we’ll march along
We’ll Rise and Follow Charlie

Young and old we all approve
He’s kept the Country on the move
He’ll help the Nation to improve
So Rise and Follow Charlie

With Charlie’s song we’ll sing as one
With Charlie’s song we’ll sing along
With Charlie’s song we’ll march along
We’ll Rise and Follow Charlie

 

 

“Fianna Fail has milked the dairy farmers” – Fine Gael 1981 General Election November 5, 2011

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From the 1981 General Election Fine Gael looking for the farming vote. “Fine Gael subsidies will help you increase production -bring you up to the Mark Clinton standard”.
Mark Clinton was the Fine Gael Minister that negotiated Irelands entry to the Common Agricultural Policy.

 

From Fine Gael in 1981 “Fianna Fail – Just how bad are they?” October 29, 2011

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From Fine Gael during the 1981 General Election Campaign “Fianna Fail – Just how bad are they?” with reference to unemployment figures.

 

Ivan Yates, Louise Hennessy, Michael Darcy -Fine Gael -Wexford 1981 General Election September 18, 2011


From the 1981 General Election an Ad for Ivan Yates, Louise Hennessy and Michael Darcy who were running for Fine Gael in Wexford. Yates and Darcy were elected.

 

Ad for Kieran Doherty -H-Block -Cavan Monaghan 1981 General Election August 2, 2011


From the 1981 General Election an ad for H-Block candidate Hunger Striker Kieran Doherty who was running in Cavan Monaghan. Doherty polled 9,121 votes and was elected. Another H-Block candidate Paddy Agnew was elected in Louth.
After 73 days on Hunger Strike, Doherty died on the 2nd of August 1981.

 

Pre 1981 General Election profile of Willie O’Dea – “William O’Dea: A first step into the Limelight” June 15, 2011


Willie O’Dea when he was William O’Dea. Again not an election leaflet (like the Pat Cox one posted recently) but I thought would be of interest. Its from the run up to the 1981 General Election where William O’Dea has been selected on the Fianna Fail ticket in Limerick East. He failed to win a seat but won a seat in the February 1982 election.
Many thanks to the sender.

 

‘Let The Country Win’ -Fine Gael poster from the 1981 General Election October 5, 2010


First off many thanks to the sender, who dusted this off to photograph it.
From the 1981 General Election a Fine Gael poster with a picture of Garret Fitzgerald and the slogan ‘Let The Country Win’.
Fitzgerald became Taoiseach after the election although the Government only lasted until February 1982.

 

1981 Labour Party letter promoting “A Sweepstakes on the Aintree Grand National” August 26, 2010


First off many thanks to the sender.
A 1981 fundraising letter from Paddy Kavanagh (with post compliments of Liam Kavanagh) to Labour Party Wicklow members promoting “A Sweepstakes on the Aintree Grand National” .

 

Fianna Fail 1981 General Election-Sean Doherty , Terry Leyden -Roscommon May 21, 2010


From the 1981 General Election a leaflet fro Fianna Fail candidates Sean Doherty and Terry Leyden.
At the start of a decade where emigration was rife Haughey writes…
• That the best possible Educational. Recreational and Employment Opportunities will he provided for our young people.

Hitting out at Liberal Ireland he writes…
That the traditional values and standards of our society, which are under threat. will be defended and preserved.
and that
Fianna Fail is the only party that can be trusted to cherish and safeguard the traditional values and ideals of the Irish people

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‘Support the Hunger Strike Demands’ Sticker – National H-Block Armagh Committee 1981 April 22, 2010


A sticker issued by The National H-Block Armagh Committee during the 1981 Hunger Strike urging people to ‘Support The Hunger Strike Demands’. These stickers, black flags, posters of the Hunger Strikers and black armbands were commonplace at the time.

These demands were
1. The right to wear their own clothes.
2. The right to refrain from compulsory do prison work, use the time for education in vocational, craft or culture fields.
3. Free association with other political prisoners
4. One letter, one parcel and one visit per week.
5. Restoration of remission of sentence lost through the protest.

Many thanks to the donor

 

Election Leaflet for Tony O’Hara -H-Block -1981 Dublin West March 30, 2010


Firstly many thanks to the donor.
From the 1981 General Election Tony O’Hara (also refered to as Anthony),running on a H Block ticket in Dublin West.
Tony O’Hara was the brother of deceased hunger striker Patsy O’Hara. He recieved 3,034 votes.
For those like myself who lived through the time of the Hunger Strike this leaflet brings back memories. Memories of the posters of the Hunger Strikers,the posters of Maggie Thatcher Wanted for murder, people wearing Black armbands, black flags on lampposts and the other protest marches in Dublin at the time.
In the leaflet, amongst others things are a biography of Tony O’Hara and The Hunger Strikers Five Demands
1. The right to wear their own clothes.
2. The right to refrain from compulsory do prison work, use the time for education in vocational, craft or culture fields.
3. Free association with other political prisoners
4. One letter, one parcel and one visit per week.
5. Restoration of remission of sentence lost through the protest.

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Kieran Doherty -H-Block Candidate -1981 GE Cavan-Monaghan February 22, 2010


Many thanks to the donor.
The H-Block campiagn fielded 9 candidates in the 1981 General Election. Two were elected. Kieran Doherty was Elected in Cavan-Monaghan and Paddy Agnew was elected in Louth.
The other candidates were Joe McDonnell in Sligo/Leitrim, Martin Hurson in Longford-Westmeath, Kevin Lynch in Waterford, Tony O’Hara (Brother of Patsy O’Hara) in Dublin West, Joe McDonnell in Sligo/Leitrim , Mairéad Farrell (one of the Gibraltar 3) in Cork North Central, Sean McKenna in Kerry North and Tom McAllister in Clare.
Between them they got over 3% of the national vote.
Three other candidates stood on an Anti H-Block ticket. These were Sean Kelleher in Cork South West, Vincent Doherty (of Peoples Democracy) in Dublin North Central
and Paddy Healy in Dublin North-East.

On the second of August 1981 ,Hunger striker Kieran Doherty TD died.

 

 
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