Irish Election Literature

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“There’s more to Allied Irish than meets the eye …” 1969 Ad for AIB October 2, 2012

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Was flicking through an old Dublin Tourist guidebook when I came upon this ad. Given the recent travails of Irish Banks the “There’s more to Allied Irish than meets the eye …” headline caught my attention.


Letter from John Brady-Sinn Fein-Wicklow to “Ordinary Joe Soap -Screwed by the Government” March 5, 2011

From the 2011 General Election campaign a Letter from Sinn Feins Wicklow candidate John Brady to “Ordinary Joe Soap -Screwed by the Government”.
Upon opening details of the Toxic Banks debts are revealed.
Brady narrowly missed out on winning a seat.



“Regulation and The Economy” -Leaflet from Labour 1997 General Election November 6, 2010

One of a series of policy leaflets from the Labour Party 1997 Election campaign. This Leaflet 6 focuses on “Regulation and The Economy”.

Needless to say the following paragraphs stand out.

“There is a special need for regulation for banks … The banking system is vital to the working of economic life in the country.
The Central Bank is the regulator for these businesses.
Any bank would have to close down if everyone who has a deposit with it asked for their money back at the same time. It is up to the Central Bank to make sure that banks and building societies are run carefully and prudently. It is the only way to make sure that people have confidence in the banking system and are happy to leave their money in the custody of the banks.
A modern economy cannot work with just paper money. It has to have a developed banking system. It is as important as electricity to a society like ours. Therefore the first task of the Central Bank is to make sure that the banking system never breaks down.”

“We have a social market economy in Ireland. History has shown us that a market economy is the way to provide employment and prosperity to a society.
But experience also tells us that it is essential that the market is accompanied by well-developed public services. it is also essential, not least tor the proper functioning of the market itself, that business is constrained by appropriate regulation.
Market forces acting on their own can be destructive and damage the interests of workers, commerce and society in general. That is why a well- regulated economy, which protects, by law, the interests of all the citizens is essential to our society. Economic justice and equality is not possible without it.”



‘A Financial Transaction Tax in Europe Now!’ -Party of European Socialists (PES) September 23, 2010

Was contacted by PES advertising their site.
Had a look and found this which was launched recently. “A Financial Transaction Tax in Europe Now!”.
PES is the Party of European Socialists, The Labour Party are affiliated to it.
Their website is worth a visit

As they say themselves…
The Party of European Socialists (PES) brings together the Socialist, Social Democratic and Labour Parties of the European Union (EU). Its aims include:

* the strengthening of the socialist and social democratic movement in the Union and throughout Europe;
* the development of close working relationships between the national parties, the national parliamentary groups, the Parliamentary Group of the PES, PES Women, ECOSY, and other socialist and social democratic organisations;
* the definition of common policies for the European Union; and
* the adoption of a common manifesto for elections to the European Parliament.



UK Election -Let The Bankers Pay for Their Crisis -not us! May 1, 2010

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Another from the UK election that caught my eye. It’s from Carlisle Socialist & Trade Union candidate Peter Metcalfe. It’s the image of the two bankers that tells the story.

The full leaflet is available here


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