Irish Election Literature

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Fine Gael Cabinteely Branch Newsletter May 1977 July 5, 2019

The Fine Gael Cabinteely Branch Newsletter no.4 from May 1977. There’s a focus on Sam Carroll and Sean Barrett as well as issues such as phones in Ballybrack, Cabinteely Community School and other issues.
Many thanks to the sender.



Leaflet from Garrett McDermott -Fine Gael -Killiney-Shankill 2014 Local Elections November 21, 2013

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A leaflet introducing Fine Gael 2014 Local Elections candidate Garrett McDermot to voters of the Shankill -Killiney LEA.
His Facebook Page
Many thanks to the sender.



Ad from Labour Councillor Denis O’Callaghan with No Labour Party Logo. August 28, 2013

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An ad without a Labour Party logo from Labour Party Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Councillor Denis O’Callaghan from a recent ‘Community newsletter’ produced in Ballybrack. The newsletter had ad for other politicians also.
Many thanks to the sender.



Leaflet from Hugh Lewis -People Before Profit -2009 Local Elections Ballybrack December 9, 2011

From the 2009 Local Elections a leaflet from People Before Profit candidate Hugh Lewis who was running in Ballybrack. Lewis polled 2,175 votes and was easily elected.



Flyer for Eamon Gilmore and Sylvie Batt -Workers Party -1991 Local Elections Ballybrack May 14, 2011

From the 1991 Local Elections a flyer for Workers Party candidates Eamon Gilmore and Sylvie Batt running in the Ballybrack LEA. Gilmore topped the poll and was elected on the first count with over 2000 votes but failed to bring in his running mate Batt who polled 333 first preferences.
The two candidates are pictured with other Dun Laoghaire based candidates in this brilliant  1991 leaflet.


Leaflet for Hugh Lewis -People Before Profit -2009 LE Ballybrack January 2, 2011

From the 2009 Local Elections a leaflet from People Before Profit candidate Hugh Lewis running in Ballybrack. Lewis was elected after polling an impressive 2,175 votes.



Leaflet from Dave Lordan -Socialist Workers Party -2004 LE Ballybrack November 2, 2010

From the 2004 Local Elections a leaflet for Socialist Workers Party candidate Dave Lordan running in the Ballybrack Ward.
Lordan polled 464 votes and failed to win a seat.



Canvass Card from Pat O’Reilly -Independent -Ballybrack 1985 LE July 3, 2010

From the 1985 Local Elections in Ballybrack a card for Independent candidate Pat O’Reilly.
O’Reilly who failed to get in despite ‘10 years of training and experience as a New York City Police Officer’.


Magge Blake , Vincent Treanor -Green Party -Ballybrack 1991 LE May 31, 2010

From the 1991 Local Elections, Green Party candidates in the Ballybrack Ward, Maggie Blake and Vincent Treanor. Despite polling well neither were elected. It was the only time either stood for election for the Greens.



Bernard Connolly, Vincent MacDowell, Joseph Maguire, Gerard O’Reilly- Labour Party- 1967 Local Elections Rathdown May 11, 2010

From the 1967 Local Elections in the Rathdown Ward Labour Party candidates Bernard Connolly, Vincent MacDowell, Joseph Maguire and Gerard O’Reilly.
Was given a loan of this to scan – many thanks.
The Leaflet starts off by telling us that the local Elections had been delayed because they feared the Labour Party.
Labour seeks your active support -to change the quality of our local life by encouraging all sections of the community to develop a new progressive civic spirit.
Bernard Connolly was involved in the ITGWU, and would have been well known in the area at the time.
Vincent MacDowell, who later stood for the Green Party in 1992 and 1997 General Elections was father of former MEP Nuala Ahern. The Socialist Republican Labour Party which he was a founder of was the Party of Gerry Fitt amongst others.
It split in 1970 as Gerry Fitt and others joined the newly formed SDLP. The party disbanded in 1973.
Joseph Maguire was another involved in the ITGWU as well as music where he helped reestablish St Kevins Band in Bray.
Gerard O’Reilly was a businessman in Stillorgan and interested in the care of the mentally handicapped.



Catherine Sweeney – Green Party -1999 Local Elections Ballybrack April 18, 2010

From the 1999 Local Elections in the Ballybrack Ward , Green Party candidate Catherine Sweeney. She polled 853 votes and just missed out on the last seat.


Eamon Gilmore- Workers Party -1985 Local Elections -Ballybrack March 23, 2010

The now Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore running for The Workers Party in the 1985 Local Elections in the Ballybrack Ward. It was an important election for Gilmore as he won a seat which was a major breakthrough for The Workers Party and himself.



‘Dun Laoghaire Report’ -Donal Marren, Barbara Culleton, Jim Ansboro, Steve Nalty -Fine Gael- Ballybrack 1985 LE March 22, 2010

From the 1985 local elections for the new Dun Laoghaire Rathdown council. A Fine Gael newsletter ‘Dun Laoghaire Report’ which focuses on issues of the time in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. There are short profiles of the Fine Gael Ballybrack candidates Donal Marren, Barbara Culleton, Jim Ansboro and Steve Nalty.
Issues mentioned in the Newsletter included a proposed Planetarium on the old Pavilion site, a new third level college for Dun Laoghaire, housing grants, Dalkey Library and a proposed swimming pool in Loughlinstown Leisure centre

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Frank Smyth, Tim Wilson -Labour Party -Ballybrack 1985 LE February 13, 2010

From the 1985 local elections, Labour candidates Frank Smyth and Tim Wilson who ran in the Ballybrack ward.
Aside from the profiles of Frank Smyth and Tim Wilson,Rezoning issue and advocating control on the price of building land are amongst the things mentioned. There is also a message from the then local Labour TD  Barry Desmond.



Barbara Culleton, Donal Marren,Colm Brophy- Fine Gael 1991 LE Ballybrack January 21, 2010

From the 1991 local elections. Donal Marren retained his seat and Barbara Culleton lost her seat. Colm Brophy, former President of Young Fine Gael, turned up again in 2008 when he was co-opted to South Dublin County Council and won a seat in Tallaght Central in 2009.


Owen Hammond, Richard Conroy, Noel Long, Noirin Butler – Ballybrack 1991 LE January 9, 2010

From the 1991 local elections in Ballybrack.  Richard Conroy held on to his seat, the long serving Owen Hammond lost his and Noel Long and Noirin Butler failed to be elected.
There had been a lot of accusations regarding planning decisions in the area (see here for an example) which would not have favoured Fianna Fail nor indeed Fine Gael.



Phil Kearney -Green- 1985 LE Ballybrack November 4, 2009

This is from the 1985 Local election,  Ballybrack ward.  Apologies that the scan is so poor. I’ll try and redo it in due course.
Looking back a quarter of a century on, a number of things stand out, amongst them,
‘Stop and Reverse the Growth of Dublin’
A sign of the times too that Acid Rain was seen as the big threat as Global Warming wasn’t known about.
‘Energy Efficient homes- major insulation scheme needed to stop hypothermia, ‘
‘An end to Land Rezoning / Speculation scandal. Tax unused property.’
‘Double Jobbing- Councillors should not also be T.Ds or Euro M.P.s’.
Sellafield still known as Windscale.
Also the reference to Bishopscourt peace camp, which was a camp beside bishopscourt radar base in Co Down that ran from 1983 to 1986.
Theres a pamphlet from Bishopscourt here



Richard Conroy, Mary Gray, Owen Hammond, David Kane- FF -Ballybrack 1985 November 1, 2009

One of Professor Richard Conroys runs for public office (He served in the Senate). Conroy has been involved in many exploration projects through various companies such as Conroy Diamonds and Gold  and also Conroy petroleum.
From David Kanes profile you’ll notice a number of local issues such as Dun Laoghaire Baths that are still contentious.



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