Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Leaflet from Ann Gallagher -Labour -1994 European Elections -Connaught Ulster June 13, 2015

From the 1994 European Elections a leaflet from Ann Gallagher who was running for Labour in Connaught Ulster. She polled 19,826 votes and missed out on a seat. She had been narrowly defeated in the 1992 General Election standing in Cavan Monaghan and was subsequently elected to the Seanad.
Many thanks to the sender.



Leaflet from Anne Murphy -Communist Party of Great Britain- 1994 European Elections London NW May 14, 2013

From the 1994 European Elections a leaflet from Irishwoman Anne Murphy who was running for the Communist Party of Great Britain in London North West.
Many thanks to the sender.



Leaflet from Olive Braiden, Niall Andrews, John Stafford -Fianna Fail -1994 European Elections -Dublin December 22, 2011

From the 1994 European Elections a leaflet for Fianna Fail Dublin candidates Olive Braiden, Niall Andrews and John Stafford. Andrews was elected.



Orla Guerin -Labour -Leaflet 2- 1994 European Elections Dublin. February 5, 2010

The Now BBC journalist Orla Guerin from the 1994 European Elections in Dublin. Orla Guerin had been a journalist with RTE and was a national name.
She was added to the Labour Party ticket after the selection convention had selected The sitting MEP Bernie Malone, who had been co-opted to replace Barry Desmond.
Many within the party felt that Malone may struggle to hold on to the seat, especially under pressure from The Democratic Left and The Workers Party.
There was a great rivalry between Malone and Guerin and it added to the campaign.
In the end Bernie Malone won a seat, although Orla Guerin polled well.


Tomás MacGiolla -‘Dublin People’ -Workers Party Paper- 1994 European Elections. February 4, 2010

The Late Tomás MacGiolla from the 1994 European Elections. Although not winning a seat, he polled respectably.
This is a freesheet given out during the campaign. It highlights The Workers Party policy on the EU.  From the paper you can see how proud Tomás MacGiolla was to have been Lord Mayor of Dublin . The issues of the day both European and domestic are shown too. The real isssue though was jobs….

Click on an image to enlarge it.



Pat Rabbitte -‘What does he want..?’ – Democratic Left -1994 European Elections

From Democratic Left in the 1994 European Elections in Dublin…. A Question asked by many over the years about Pat Rabbitte (and many others) ‘What does he want..?’
Prionsias De Rossa had won a seat for The Workers Party in Dublin in 1989. Following the Workers Party Split, De Rossa stepped down and the Democratic Lefts Des Geraghty was co-opted and served from 1992 to 1994 as an MEP. Despite Geraghty being the outgoing MEP, Pat Rabbitte stood in 1994.
The DL were very fond of quotes from newspapers (as The Greens used to be too). Rabbitte bemoans the lack of EU money for Dublin and the amount of funds going to farmers.
Rabbitte failed to win a seat. (result at



Tomas MacGiolla -The Workers Party-1994 European Elections December 2, 2009

On this we have ‘litir um thoghcán’ usually its spelt ‘litir um thoghchán’.
Having been Lord Mayor of Dublin Tomas MacGiolla writes to the ‘Dear Citizens’ of Dublin looking for a vote. 
He Writes…
‘At a time when there is literally enough wealth being created to serve the needs of everyone we have 32% unemployed …’



Leaflet from Patricia McKenna -Green Party- 1994 European Elections- Dublin November 30, 2009

Some material from Patricia McKenna of the Green Party from the 1994 European Election campaign. She topped the poll and was elected.



Orla Guerin -Labour -Dublin 1994 November 15, 2009

1994 Dublin European Elections and a mini sensation is caused by the addition of RTE Journalist Orla Guerin to the Labour Party Ticket.
The addition, supposedly at Dick Springs request, caused friction within the party and between the candidates.
The sitting MEP Bernie Malone, who had been co-opted to replace Barry Desmond, had been selected at the Selection convention was none too pleased. It was one of the most memorable campaigns for rivalry between candidates…. All sorts of rumours went around at the time.
In the end Malone held on to her seat and it was Guerin, despite polling well, who lost out.
Orla Guerin joined the BBC in 1995 and has worked there since.




Jack Fitzsimons -Independent -Euro 1994 Leinster November 8, 2009

Meath Councillor Jack Fitzsimons running on amongst other things an anti hunting and Hare Coursing ticket. He got  6,752 votes.




Des O’Malley -Munster- Euro 94 November 1, 2009

1994 Euro Elections Munster constituency. A split in the PDs led to Pat Cox standing as an Independent and Des O’Malley standing for the PDs . Cox despite being behind O’Malley on the first count took the last seat.

It was O’Malleys first election not being the party leader.




Tomas MacGiolla Workers Party -Euro 94 – Pub Quiz October 6, 2009

There are many gimmicks to get a voter to hold on to your leaflet, it may list telephone numbers of local services, be a fridge magnet calendar , a sporting fixtures guide, a match programme….. and then there’s the quiz!

A nice picture of yourself on the front and A Quiz where you also sneak yourself in as two of the answers on the back!



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