Irish Election Literature

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“Rosaries Against Divorce” Leaflet from The 1986 Divorce Referendum May 18, 2021

From the 1986 Divorce Referendum a leaflet “Rosaries Against Divorce” from the St. Thomas More Save The Family Campaign in Cork.


“The Heart of Marriage” -1995 Divorce Referendum leaflet from The Bishops of Ireland August 19, 2014

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From the 1995 Divorce Referendum a leaflet produced by Veritas outlining various reasons given by The Catholic Bishops of Ireland to vote No in the Referendum .It ends with the following quote…

“In our considered judgement, the introduction of divorce would be false kindness, misguided compassion and bad law.”

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“Inform Your Conscience -Vote No To Divorce” 1986 Divorce Referendum -‘Marriage for Life’ March 20, 2012

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“Inform Your Conscience -Vote No To Divorce” from the 1986 Divorce Referendum produced by the Kerry based group ‘Marriage for Life’.
The “Towards a Solution” section contains all sorts of remedies to stop marital breakdown whilst other parts link rejecting Divorce to rejecting Nuclear Power and Military Alliances.

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From 1986 “Protect the Family -VOTE NO TO DIVORCE” October 28, 2011

From the 1986 Divorce Referendum an ad from the “Anti Divorce Campaign Committee” with the slogan “Protect the Family -VOTE NO TO DIVORCE”.


“Under the Amendment YOU COULD BE DIVORCED AGAINST YOUR WILL- Vote No to Divorce 1986 Referendum August 3, 2011

From the 1986 Divorce Referendum a flyer from The Anti Divorce Campaign Committee with the message

“Under the Amendment YOU COULD BE DIVORCED AGAINST YOUR WILL – Vote No to Divorce ”


Muintir na hÉireann Letter and Richard Greene Leaflet -1997 Dublin South April 26, 2010

From the 1997 General Election in Dublin South, Richard Greene running for Muintir na hÉireann. The party may not have been registered at the time so Greene would have been classed as an Independent. Greene polled 1,431 votes and failed to win a seat.
It had been founded in 1994 and lasted a number of years. Although Richard Greene was a Councillor in 1997 , he had been initially elected as a Green Party councillor for Clonskeagh before a parting of ways. The party never had anyone elected. Emmanuel Sweeney who stood in the 2009 local and European Elections was also a member of the party.
Richard Greene is now known for his involvement in Coir.



Divorce Referendum 1986- The Association of Lawyers Against the Amendment September 24, 2009

Quite a detailed legalistic document  from the Association of Lawyers against the Amendment. It is difficult at times to read in its original form never mind after going through my scanner.

This goes through the proposed amendments wording and then argues against it. It does give a more balanced Legal arguement (which wouldn’t be too difficult) against the Amendment other than ‘Divorce is wrong’ and so on.




Divorce Referendum 1986- ‘The Balance Of Compassion- 12 Reasons For Saying No’

I dont know what organisation issued the leaflet and cant find anything on ‘Lir Press’ either. There are some incredible reasons in the ’12 Reasons for Saying No’… amongst them…. ‘No one can ignore the sad and condemnable cases of battering husbands. But, by allowing divorce, we permit husbands who have battered their wives to continue this crime into a new, second relationship’

Labour campaigned using the slogan “Put Compassion in the Constitution”

Amongst Other Divorce Referendum items on the site…
Labour Party ‘Yes’ to Divorce 1986
‘The Alice Glenn Report May 1986- A Woman Voting for Divorce is like a Turkey voting for Christmas’
Divorce Action Group- Yes to Divorce
1986- ‘The Association of Lawyers against the Amendment


The National Party – Peter McNamee and Máire Kirrane 1997 September 21, 2009

The National Party were formed on the back of the success of Nora Bennis in the 1994 Euro Elections where she suprisingly outpolled Kathleen Lynch of the Democratic Left, Dan Boyle of the Greens as well as amongst others the Workers Party and Sinn Fein Candidates.  During the count she overtook the third Fianna Fail candidate, the sitting MEP Paddy Lane.

The National Party had candidates in the 1997 and 2002 General elections.  In 1997 many of their candidates polled over 1000 votes with Joh Harold Barry recieving 2,125 votes in Tipperary South. However all their candidates lost their deposits.

Peter McNamee and Máire Kirrane’s leaflets below.



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