Irish Election Literature

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“The Government You Deserve” -Progressive Democrats 1989.. with a great attack on Fianna Fail January 18, 2013

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From the 1989 General Election campaign an ad from the Progressive Demcorats “The Government You Deserve”. In it is a fairly ironic attack on Fianna Fail..

Fianna Fail does not have the vision, the policies or the people to be entrusted with running our country for the next five years. They’re a party of strokes and slush funds, of planning scandals and blatant favourtism…

It argues for a vote for the Progressive Democrats and Fine Gael, who went into that 1989 General Election in an alliance.
The irony of the attack on Fianna Fail…. The PDs went into government with Fianna Fail after this 1989 election. A historic government as Fianna Fail for the first time went into coalition and seen as a betrayal by many FF people at the time. I think it was Albert Reynolds who called it a ‘Temporary Little Arrangement”.



Leaflet from Eamon Gilmore- Workers Party- 1989 General Election -Dun Laoghaire January 9, 2013

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet from Eamon Gilmore of The Workers Party who was running in Dun Laoghaire. Having narrowly missed out in the 1987 General Election, it was in this 1989 Election that Gilmore won a seat in the Dail for the first time, a seat he has held since.
The leaflet itself sets out then then aims of The Workers Party and we also have a message to the electorate from Proinsias De Rossa. The 150 words about local issues in Dun Laoghaire gives an idea of some of the problems of the time.




From 1989 ‘Education is an Election Issue because:…. ” from the Teachers Union of Ireland November 27, 2012

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From the 1989 General Election an ad from the TUI ‘Education is an Election Issue because:…. “. Most of the issues are as applicable now as they were then.


Vote 1 Jimmy Deenihan “The People’s Champion” -Fine Gael -1989 General Election -Kerry North July 22, 2012

From the 1989 General Election a small flyer for Fine Gael North Kerry candidate Jimmy Deenihan “The People’s Champion”. Deenihan is the holder of 5 All Ireland Medals and 7 Munster medals. In this 1989 Election Deenihan polled 8,692 votes and was elected on the first count.
The European Elections took place on the same day hence the request to vote for Fine Gael Munster candidates John Cushnahan and Tom Raftery.



Leaflet from Dick Roche -Fianna Fail- 1989 General Election Wicklow April 24, 2012

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet from Fianna Fail TD Dick Roche who was running in Wicklow. Roche polled 7,707 votes and was easily elected along with party colleague Joe Jacob.
The leaflet details achievements by the 1987 to 1989 Fianna Fail government as well as what else needed to be done. In that snap election Fianna Fail dropped four seats and ended up losing a traditional core value in entering a coalition government with the Progressive Democrats.



“Notice to ASTI Members” re funding for Junior Cert from the 1989 General Election April 16, 2012

From the 1989 General Election a “Notice to ASTI Members” regarding the various Political Parties positions on the funding for the new Junior Certificate.


From Haughley Led Fianna Fail in 1989 “My Commitment- A Country We Can All Be Proud Of” February 2, 2012

From the 1989 General Election Campaign, Charles Haughey with the slogan “My Commitment- A Country We Can All Be Proud Of” asking voters to Vote Fianna Fail.


“Greyhound Supporters -Remember Your Friends -They Need Your Votes” -from the 1989 and 1992 General Elections January 4, 2012

From the 1989 and 1992 General Elections , ads sponsored by Seamus Mulvaney urging Greyhound Supporters to remember their Friends when they voted.
Amongst the friends were Brian Cowen, Frank Fahey, Michael O’Kennedy and Ned O’Keefe. Indeed all the friends listed were Fianna Fail TDs or Ministers.



Leaflet from Timmy Conway -Progressive Democrats -1989 General Election -Kildare December 7, 2011

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet from Progressive Democrat candidate Timmy Conway who was running in Kildare. Naas based Conway polled 2,126 votes and failed to win a seat. He had previously been a Labour Party Councillor and Senator. He later went on to Join Fine Gael but lost his seat on Kildare County Council and Naas Town Council in 2004. In 2009 he stood as an Independent for Naas Town Council and missed out on a seat.



“By working together, socialist and christian activists can radically change the nature of politics in Ireland” -Emmet Stagg Leaflet late 80’s November 26, 2011

With a striking image and the famous quote “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why are they poor, they call me a Communist.” from Archbishop Camara, this leaflet from Emmet Stagg asks “By working together, socialist and christian activists can radically change the nature of politics in Ireland”.
I don’t know if anything came from this Christian Socialist message which I think was from the 1989 General Election campaign.



Leaflet from John Stafford -Fianna Fail -1989 General Election -Dublin Central November 17, 2011

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet from John Stafford, who was running for Fianna Fail in Dublin Central. Stafford is one of the Stafford Funeral Directors family and the address given on the leafolet is that of the Funeral Directors. In this 1989 election he held his seat, which he initially won in 1987. On the mock ballot paper at the back of the leaflet you may notice that Geraldine Harney, RTE presenter and sister of Mary Harney, was running for the PDs.
In the leaflet we have a message from Charles Haughey as well as one from Stafford himself.



Fianna Fail Advertising Hoarding at Ireland vs Hungary 1989 Lansdowne Road September 27, 2011

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Saw this and was amused at the Fianna Fail ad at the side of the pitch.  The game was held 11 days prior to the 1989 European and General Elections.
Haven’t seen much political sponsorship at sporting events , the last time was possibly Sinn Fein sponsoring a Bohs game in I think 2004 or 2007. Anyone any other examples?


From 1989 “Why we think you should vote for Michael D.” – Mick Lally, Emmet Bergin and Noel Browne June 20, 2011

From the 1989 General Election in Galway West an Ad for Michael D Higgins with endorsements from Mick Lally, Emmet Bergin and Noel Browne, “Why we think you should vote for Michael D.” A big thing then to be endorsed by two actors from Glenroe. In Ireland it is unusual to see public figures backing Dail candidates.
Michael D held on to his seat polling 7,727 votes.
In 1987 he had a similar ad with endorsements from Mary Coughlan, Mick Lally and Noel Browne.


1989 Leaflet for “Devoted Dub” Bertie Ahern, Dermot Fitzpatrick, John Stafford (Eileen Lemass, Niall Andrews)- Fianna Fail -Dublin Central June 8, 2011

From the 1989 Genral Election (and 1989 European Elections held on the same day) a leaflet for Fianna Fail Dublin Central candidates Bertie Ahern, Dermot Fitzpatrick and John Stafford. Also pictured are Fianna Fail European candidates Eileen Lemass and Niall Andrews.
In Bertie Aherns profile he is mentioned as “Extremely popular “Call me Bertie” Lord Mayor…” a “Devoted Dub and Ireland supporter home and away“. He also “Worked as an accountant in Mater Hospital”
In the Dail election all three Fianna Fail candidates were elected with Niall Andrews elected for Europe.



Leaflet from John Ryan -Labour Party-Tipperary North 1989 General Election April 18, 2011

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet from Labour Party candidate for Tipperary North John Ryan. As the European Elections were also held on the same day the leaflet asks for votes for the Labour Party European candidates in Munster Michael Ferris and Eileen Desmond.
“You can vote against these Savage Cuts and Injustices” is something that would be apt today. Indeed many of the issues are the same, just add a burst property bubble to them.
In this election John Ryan failed to win back the seat he lost in 1987, although he later regained the seat in 1992 (his record at
Many thanks to the Sender.



Anti Rod Licence Ad from the 1989 General Election urging a vote for anti Rod Licence candidates. April 6, 2011

From the 1989 General Election an Ad from the Corrib Anglers and Boatmen against the controversial Rod Licence Legislation introduced by Fianna Fail. The Ad urges votes for  5 candidates who were against the Legislation.
In that 1989 Election, an Anti Rod Licence candidate, Frank Durcan ran in Mayo West polling a very respectable 5,187 votes.


Flyer for Brian Hillery -Fianna Fail 1989 General Election- Dun Laoghaire January 6, 2011

From the 1989 General Election a flyer for Fianna Fail candidate Brian Hillery running in Dun Laoghaire. The then Senator, a nephew of former President Patrick Hillery, was elected on the final count despite polling just 3,795 first preferences.
In 1992 he lost his seat and was one of the Taoiseachs nominees to the Seanad.



Leaflet for Eamon Gilmore -Workers Party – 1989 General Election Dun Laoghaire July 21, 2010

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet for then Workers Party Councillor Eamon Gilmore. There is also a request to vote for Prionsias De Rossa in the European Elections that were held on the same day.
Gilmore was elected as The Workers Party won 7 seats (a gain of 3). De Rossa was elected also.



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