Irish Election Literature

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That there be “a Telephone in every school in the country” and other motions from the 1981 Fine Gael Ard Fheis May 14, 2012

The motions on Telecommunications and Broadcasting as well as the motions on Foreign Affairs from the 1981 Fine Gael Ard Fheis. Amongst the motions are ones on Section 31 , The provision of a Telephone in every School, CB Radios to be licensed and condemning the IRFU for touring South Africa.
I’m not sure of the fate of each motion.



“1981 Hunger Strike -19th Anniversary May 2000” -Leaflet with programme of events. November 20, 2011

From 2000 a leaflet outlining events to commemorate the “1981 Hunger Strike -19th Anniversary May 2000”.



Card and leaflet from the Bobby Sands Trust September 23, 2011

A card and Leaflet produced by the Bobby Sands Trust. One giving details of the 30th Anniversary Hunger Strike exhibition that is available for tour.



DUP newspaper “Protestant Telegraph” from September 1981 June 22, 2011

A September 1981 copy of Protestant Telegraph a newspaper of the Democratic Unionist Party. The cover story deals with the murder of two RUC members, inside we have articles praising the use of plastic bullets, the link between the IRA and European Communists, a short history of The DUP. Amongst other items there are articles on Sunday trading and articles critical of goings on in other (Non Free Presbyterian) Protestant Faiths.
Apologies for not being in a position to make a *.pdf of the paper.



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” .


Bobby Sands -“Anti H-Block / Armagh Political Prisoner” – 1981 Fermanagh South Tyrone by election May 7, 2010

Poster and Leaflet for Hunger Striker, Bobby Sands who stood in the Fermanagh South Tyrone by-election held on the 9 April 1981. He won by 30,493 votes to 29,046 for the Unionist candidate Harry West.

The Hunger Strike centred around the “Five Demands”:
1. the right not to wear a prison uniform;
2. the right not to do prison work;
3. the right of free association with other prisoners, and to organise educational and recreational pursuits;
4. the right to one visit, one letter and one parcel per week;
5. full restoration of remission lost through the protest

Bobby Sands died on the 5th of May 1981.

many thanks to the donor.



Letter to Irish Times and Poster advertising First meeting of The Ecology Party of Ireland in 1981 March 1, 2010

In 1981  Christopher Fettes wrote a letter (below) to the Irish Times enquiring if anyone was interested in setting up an Irish Ecology Party. He got around 80 responses. In turn this led to a meeting of all those interested. This is the poster Advertising the first meeting.
The Ecology Party of Ireland did not field any candidates in the February 1982 election, but did field seven candidates
in the November 1982 Election.(Seven candidates were needed to get coverage on RTE). These Seven were Roger Garland in Dublin South (950 votes) ,Maire Mullarney in Dublin South East (312), Aidan Meagher (188) in Dublin North West, Liam DeSuin (463) in Wicklow, Richard Power in Limerick East (177), Owen Casey (1307) Cork South Central and Elizabeth Ryder (319) in Cork South West.
Many members were unhappy with the name of the new Party and with Greens such as Petra Kelly in Germany household names the name of the Party was changed. On April the 12th 1984 ‘The Green Alliance/ An Comhaontas Glas’ formally applied to be registered as a political Party.
Many thanks to the donor.



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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