Irish Election Literature

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Leaflet for Garret Fitzgerald, Joe Doyle, Willie Eagan -1987 GE -Fine Gael -Dublin South East June 1, 2012

From the 1987 General Election a leaflet from Joe Doyle, Willie Egan and outgoing Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald running for Fine Gael in Dublin South East. Fitzgerald topped the poll with 8,068 votes and was elected on the first count. Doyle polled 3,323 votes and Egan 860. Neither of them were elected.

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Featuring Éamon Ó Cuív .. 1987 and 1992 General Election Ads from Fianna Fail Galway West May 8, 2012

From the 1987 and 1992 General Elections ads for Fianna Fail Galway West candidates Éamon Ó Cuív , Frank Fahey,Maire Geoghegan Quinn and Mark Killilea.
Via the Galway Advertiser Archive



“Stop Taxing Work” -Progressive Democrats 1987 General Election December 30, 2011

From the 1987 General Election, “Stop Taxing Work” from the Dessie O’Malley led Progressive Democrats .


1987 leaflet from Mary O’Rourke, Albert Reynolds, Henry Abbott- Fianna Fail -Longford Westmeath June 14, 2011

Some big names here in this 1987 election leaflet for Mary O’Rourke, Albert Reynolds and Henry Abbott. Reynolds a former Taoiseach, O’Rourke a former minister and leader of The Seanad, whilst Abbott became a high court judge. In this 1987 General Election, all three were elected in the four seat Longford Westmeath. Abbott lost his seat in 1989.



flyer from Helen Keogh -Progresive Democrats- 1987 General Election Dun Laoghaire June 9, 2011

From the 1987 General Election a flyer from one of three Progressive Democrat candidates in Dun Laoghaire , Helen Keogh. In this the PDs first election, Keogh was initially seen as favourite to win a seat.That changed when Geraldine Kennedy was added to the Progressive Democrat ticket. Kennedy won a seat.
The leaflet focuses on Helen Keogh and not party policy.



A “Vote Labour” sticker from the 1987 General Election June 7, 2011

From the 1987 General Election a ‘Vote Labour’ sticker.


Leaflet from Garret Fitzgerald, Joe Doyle, Willie Egan -Fine Gael- Dublin South East- 1987 General Election May 19, 2011

From the 1987 General Election a leaflet from outgoing Taoiseach , the late Garret Fitzgerald, the late Joe Doyle and Willie Egan running for Fine Gael in Dublin South East.
After five years in government, the Slogan for the election was “We’ve done the Groundwork -Now Let’s Build the Nation”.
Fitzgerald topped the poll but was unable to bring in either of his running mates as Joe Doyle lost his seat.

Garret Fitzgerald



flyer for Mary McAlesse, Gerard Brady, Michael Donnelly, Eoin Ryan-Fianna Fail- Dublin South East 1987 GE April 25, 2011

From the 1987 General Election a small flyer for Fianna Fail candidates Mary McAlesse, Gerard Brady, Michael Donnelly and Eoin Ryan running in Dublin South East. Of the four only Gerard Brady was elected. Mary McAleese polled 2,243 votes.
(a more detailed leaflet from the same election posted here)



1987 letter from Albert Reynolds to Constituents asking for support. March 6, 2011

From the 1987 General Election campaign a letter from Albert Reynolds to voters in Longford Westmeath asking for support. I presume the letter was sent only in Longford as it has the plea that “..Longford needs its own Minister”.
In the event Reynolds topped the poll and was duly appointed Minister for Industry and Commerce.


“The “Stroke” For Galway West” Vote 1 Michael Fahy -Independent FF -1987 General Election January 9, 2011

From the 1987 General Election an Ad for Independent Fianna Fail candidate Michael ‘Stroke’ Fahy.
The Slogan of “The “Stroke” For Galway West” is fairly eye catching.
I gather he failed to get a party nomination and ran as an Independent Fianna Fail candidate.
He later rejoined the party. He is perhaps most widely known for his Misappropriation conviction for which he served time in jail.
In the 1987 Election he polled 3,139 votes and missed out on a seat. He is still a Councillor having been reelected in 2009.
From the Galway Advertiser.


“Why We Think You Should Vote For Michael D.” -Mick Lally, Noel Browne, Mary Coughlan- 1987 GE January 8, 2011

Found this recently, an ad from the 1987 General Election Campaign with three people very much associated with Galway at the time, the late Mick Lally, the late Noel Browne and singer Mary Coughlan asking for a vote for Michael D.
“Why We Think You Should Vote For Michael D.”


Mary Duffy -Tax Reform League -1987 Galway West October 25, 2010

From the 1987 General Election an Ad for PAYE Tax Reform League candidate Mary Duffy running in Galway West. Duffy polled 862 votes.
The Tax Reform League stood in the 1987 General Election (I’m not sure if they were a registered party). Aside from Mary Duffy, they fielded at least 4 other candidates.
Mairead Duchon in Dublin South, who got 1253 votes,
Camella Cummins stood in Meath getting 636 votes.
Timothy Cahill stood in Dublin South Central and got 711 votes.
Patrick McKiernan stood in Cavan-Monaghan getting 1,868 votes.


Leaflet for Richard Conroy -Fianna Fail- 1987 General Election Dun Laoghaire. October 16, 2010

From the run up to the 1987 General Election a Leaflet with Calendar and New Years Message from Fianna Fail Dun Laoghaire candidate Richard Conroy. Conroy had four previous attempts running for Fianna Fail in General Elections and had failed to win a seat. Here in 1987 he polled 2897 votes and again missed out. (His record at
Conroy is founder and director of Conroy Diamonds and Gold, a mining and exploration company as well as Conroy Petroleum.



“Health Cuts Hurt the Old The Sick and The Handicapped” -Fianna Fail- 1987 General Election July 19, 2010

From the 1987 General Election the famous Fianna Fail “Health Cuts Hurt the Old The Sick and The Handicapped” poster. “There is a Better Way- Fianna Fail


Kathleen Lynch -The Workers Party -1987 GE Cork South Central June 20, 2010

From the 1987 General Election, A leaflet for The Workers Party candidate for Cork South Central Kathleen Lynch. She failed to win a seat but polled 2,349 votes.
Elected to Cork Corporation in 1985, this was her first General Election. It wasn’t until the 1994 by-election ,running for The Democratic Left ,that she won a Dail seat.



1987 Fundraising Letter from Des O’Malley to Party Members -Progressive Democrats 1987 GE June 14, 2010

The 1987 General Election has been called and Des O’Malley writes to all members of the Progressive Democrats looking for funds.


Ann McGoldrick -Green Party -Dun Laoghaire 1987 GE June 11, 2010

From the 1987 General Election, Green Party candidate Ann McGoldrick running in Dun Laoghaire. She polled 929 votes.
She stood again in 1989 as an Independent where she polled 110 votes.



Eamon Gilmore -Workers Party -1987 General Election Dun Laoghaire May 15, 2010

From the 1987 General Election, the now Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore running for the Workers Party in Dun Laoghaire.
Although polling a respectable 4,054 votes he failed to get in. He did though increase from his November 1982 total and build on the winning of a Council seat in 1985. In the 1989 General Election he was elected.
The Roches Hill Compensation scandal referred to was where in 1986 the Council paid out £2.375 million in compensation for refusal of a residential development at Roches Hill in Killiney, the land had been bought for £40,000. To add insult to injury even after the compensation,the Council did not become the owner of the land.



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