Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

From 1997 an Anti Property Tax leaflet from Cáit Keane -PD (Now FG)-Dublin South Central June 26, 2012

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from then Progressive Democrat Councillor (and now Fine Gael Senator) Cáit Keane urging voters to “Support Cllr Cáit Keane’s campaign to repeal family home tax in Dublin South Central.
At the time she argued that it was ‘unfair’ , ‘Anti-Family’ and ‘Anti-Dublin’.
In this 1997 Election she polled 2,031 votes and failed to win a seat.
Some other Anti Property Tax leaflets from the then….
One from Olivia Mitchell and one from Fine Gael.
Many thanks to the sender.


Leaflet from Con O’Leary -The National Party -1997 General Election Cork North Central June 14, 2012

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from National Party candidate Con O’Leary running in Cork North Central. O’Leary polled 1,114 votes.
He had been elected to the City Council in 1991 and was returned again in 1999. The National Party were a ‘Catholic’ party set up on the back of the success of Nora Bennis in the 1994 European Elections where she polled over 5% of the vote.



1997 Leaflet from Jackie Healy-Rae “Its time South Kerry had a voice to be heard in Dail Eireann” June 11, 2012

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Independent Fianna Fail candidate Jackie Healy-Rae a Farmer, Publican and holder of 3 county championship hurling medals.
In this 1997 General Election, after failing to get a Fianna Fail nomination, despite many years of service to the party, Healy-Rae ran as an Independent and caused a shock as he was elected polling 7,220 votes. He subsequently was one of the four Independents that supported the 1997 to 2002 Fianna Fail government.



Maria Ní Dhomhnaill and Paul Campbell -Natural Law Party -1997 Galway East and Galway West May 31, 2012

From the 1997 General Election Maria Ní Dhomhnaill and Paul Campbell who were running for the Natural Law Party in Galway East and Galway West.
In Galway East Paul Campbell polled 98 votes whilst in Galway West Maria Ní Dhomhnaill polled 205 votes. They mention Yogic Flying as part of the solution to societies problems.


Flyer from David Andrews -Fianna Fail -Dun Laoghaire 1997 General Election January 19, 2012

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Fianna Fail candidate David Andrews who was running in Dun Laoghaire. First elected in 1965, this was to be his last election. He polled just under a quota with 8,933 votes and was easily elected. Upon Fianna Fail entering government he was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs, a post he held until 2000.



Ritchie Browne -Socialist Workers Party -1997 GE Dublin North Central January 14, 2012

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Ritchie Browne of The Socialist Workers Party who was running in Dublin North Central. He polled 698 votes.


From 1997 “Ireland’s Economy” -Labour Party leaflet outlining Economic growth, Consumption, GNP, Unemployment etc November 11, 2011

From the 1997 General Election campaign a leaflet from The Labour Party “Ireland’s Economy”. It contains all sorts of economic stats from the time such as Economic growth, Consumption, GNP, Unemployment etc with graphs illustrating improvements under the Rainbow Coalition.



“A Worker on the Ground – Always Around” Martin Brady -Fianna Fail -1997 General Election -Dublin North East July 1, 2011

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Fianna Fail candidate in Dublin North East Martin Brady. Notice how crime was the first issue listed … Zero Tolerance on crime which was one of the main tenets of that 1997 Fianna Fail Election campaign. He also gives a mention to “Proper controls to stem the flow of illegal immigrants”.
Brady was elected.



Leaflet from Proinsias DeRossa -Democratic Left -1997 General Election- Dublin North West June 4, 2011

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from then leader of Democratic Left Proinsias DeRossa who was running in Dublin North West. De Rossa was one of the six Workers Party TDs who left to form what was initially called New Agenda and became Democratic Left. In this 1997 Election Democratic Left had been part of the outgoing Rainbow Government.
In this election DeRossa held his seat.



“The Tax and Spend Rainbow?” – Michael McDowell -Progressive Democrats -1997 General Election May 27, 2011

From the 1997 General Election a flyer from Michael McDowell of the Progressive Democrats running in Dublin South East. In the leaflet he attacks the “The Tax and Spend Rainbow?” the rainbow being The Rainbow Coalition of Fine Gael, Labour and Democratic Left. He also mentions a 4 and a half party patchwork Rainbow that would have included The Greens and Independents.



1997 Labour Party Leaflet – “Monetary Union in the EU (EMU)” April 17, 2011

From the 1997 General Election campaign a leaflet on “Monetary Union in the EU (EMU)” produced by The Labour Party. It gives some of the arguements for going into the Euro, what it means to various sectors and what Ireland has to do to get there.



Leaflet from Clare Daly -Socialist Party -1997 General Election- Dublin North March 9, 2011

From the 1997 General election a flyer from Socialist Party candidate in Dublin North Clare Daly. Daly polled 2,971 votes and didn’t win a seat. She won a council seat in 1999 standing in Swords which she retained in 2004 and 2009. In the 2011 General Election she was elected to the Dail.


“Who’ll keep the pushers from our children?” -Fianna Fail -1997 General Election March 7, 2011

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From the 1997 General Election campaign a leaflet from Fianna Fail with the headline “Who’ll keep the pushers from our children?”.
Open it up and there is a doe eyed Bertie and promises of all sorts to tackle Drug Abuse and the problems associated with it. Veronica Guerin had been murdered the year before so Fianna Fails Zero Tolerance policies in this area appealed to the electorate.



Leaflet for Paddy Mulcahy -Independent -Cork North Central -1997 General Election February 28, 2011

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet for Independent Anti Service Charges candidate Paddy Mulcahy running in Cork North Central. Mulcahy who was active in the anti Bin Tax campaign and spent time in jail for his actions polled 889 votes.
Many thanks to the sender.



From 1997 – “Election Message from Bertie Ahern T.D.” January 10, 2011

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet for Bertie Ahern running in Dublin Central. Bertie spells out details of the Fianna Fail manifesto as well as asking for a vote for his running mate Marian McGennis.
Ahern topped the poll with 12,175 votes (34% of the vote) and was easily elected. McGennis was elected also for her only Dail terrm.



Dole Éireann- Documentary on Luke ‘Ming’ Flanaghans 1997 Election Campaign in Galway West January 7, 2011

I stumbled across this recently, ‘Dole Éireann’ a documentary on Luke ‘Ming’ Flanaghan’s 1997 Election Campaign in Galway West. Its quite entertaining.
Flanaghan, the current Mayor of Roscommon, is tipped by many to make the leap into the Dail in 2011
his website



Flyer for Pat Carey , Noel Ahern -Fianna Fail- 1997 GE Dublin North West January 5, 2011

From 1997 a flyer for Noel Ahern “Brother of Bertie Ahern Leader of Fianna Fail” and Pat Carey running for Fianna Fail in Dublin North West.
Both were easily elected with Noel Ahern getting over 1.5 quotas. He has since also been elected on the first count in 2002 and 2007.
Pat Carey hasn’t really aged much since.



“See the difference -You can check the record” -Richard Bruton 1997 Election Leaflet with the Rainbow Governments record January 1, 2011

From the 1997 General Election a glossy leaflet produced by Fine Gael candidate Richard Bruton with details of the Rainbow Governments achievements. It was illustrated at both the National and The local level. It gives an idea of where we were at in 1997 and how in hindsight it was an awful pity that the Rainbow government was not returned.
The outgoing Minister for Enterprise and Employment was easily elected.



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