Irish Election Literature

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Leaflet from Tom O’Donnell and Tom Raftery -Fine Gael- 1984 European Elections -Munster August 7, 2012

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From the 1984 European Elections a leaflet for Fine Gael candidates Tom O’Donnell and Tom Raftery who were running in Munster. Both were elected.
Result here

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Leaflet for Sylvester Barrett, Gene Fitzgerald, Noel Davern -Fianna Fail -1984 European Elections -Munster July 28, 2012

From the 1984 European Elections a leaflet from Fianna Fail candidates Sylvester Barrett, Gene Fitzgerald and Noel Davern. In a geographically spread ticket the Clare based Barrett and Cork based former Minister for Finance Fitzgerald were both elected, whilst the Tipperary based outgoing MEP Davern lost his seat.



Leaflet from Joe Sherlock -Workers Party-1984 European Elections -Munster June 21, 2012

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From the 1984 European Elections a leaflet from Workers’ Party candidate Joe Sherlock running in Munster. Sherlock polled 17,304 votes and missed out on a seat. (result here)



“Don’t let them sweep your jobs aside!” -Fianna Fail ad for Sean Flanagan, Ray MacSharry 1984 European Elections March 23, 2011

From the 1984 European Elections an ad for Fianna Fail Connaught Ulster candidates Ray MacSharry and Sean Flanagan, with a cartoon of Dick Spring and Garret Fitzgerald beside the headline “Don’t let them sweep your jobs aside!”
Both MacSharry and Flanagan were elected. MacSharry served as an MEP until 1987 when he resigned due to his appointment as Minister for Finance. Mark Killilea was co-opted to replace him.
You might also notice that Fianna ail were part of the “”European Progressive Democrats”


John De Courcy Ireland -Democratic Socialist Party- Dublin- 1984 European Elections January 14, 2010

This is from the 1984 Euro Elections. De Courcy Ireland, aside from his political interests was heavily involved in the foundation of the Maritime Museum in Dun Laoghaire. The profile below shows the calibre. He had been Jim Larkins election agent and  aside from the DSP, had spells affiliated or involved with the Northern Ireland Labour Party, the Irish Labour Party, the Communist Party of Ireland, the Workers Party, Democratic Left and the Socialist Workers Party. (Party details from Wikipedia)
He was a founding member of Irish CND and also involved with The Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement.
He passed away in 2006.

(This leaflet was previously part of another post)



John Noonan- Sinn Fein 1984 European elections Dublin October 8, 2009

This is unusual in that at the time Sinn Fein were Anti EEC. It details the reasons why Ireland should withdraw. It was only 11 years since we had joined. Some of the images are big, I’ve tried to pare them down whilst still making them readable.




Frank Cluskey – Labour- European Elections 1984 September 15, 2009

Former Leader of the Labour Party Frank Cluskeys literature from the 1984 Euro Elections. In 1991 after losing his Dail seat (and the leadership of Labour) Frank  had been co-opted to the European Parliament, to replace Michael O’Leary (who replaced him as leader of the Labour Party) . O’Leary resigned as Party Leader just over a year later (and joined Fine Gael) and was replaced by Dick Spring. Cluskey resigned from government in 1983 over a point of principle regarding Dublin Gas.

It is Spring who gives the leaders message on the main leaflet. That Leaflet (which is hard to read in its original, never mind scanned- but worth the effort) gives an idea of the European issues of the time and Labour dont appear to keen on the European Community in it. The ‘ A Realistic View of Europe” part of the document was quite an eye opener. “..Labour warned the people in 1972 of the harsh realities of Community membership…..” etc



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