Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Leaflet from Bernadette McAliskey – February 1982 General Election -Dublin North Central December 15, 2021

A Leaflet from Bernadette McAliskey from the February 1982 General Election running in Dublin North Central. Running as a Peoples Democracy Sponsored candidate , she polled 2085 votes.

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“Make H-Block The Issue!” -Vincent Doherty -Peoples Democracy- 1981 General Election -Dublin North Central. June 6, 2016

From the 1981 General Election a leaflet from Vincent Doherty of Peoples Democracy running in Dublin North Central which was Charles Haugheys constituencey. The leaflet also has a message of support from Bernadette McAliskey.  He polled 1481 votes and missed out on a seat.
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Bernadette McAliskey Election Broadcast April 23, 2011

From the 2011 Assembly and Local Elections in Northern Ireland an Election broadcast from Bernadette McAliskey supporting People Before Profit candidates.


Bernadette Devlin 1969 poster and Bernadette McAliskey 1979 poster June 10, 2010

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Was sent these images by a kind soul.
The top and most striking one is from the 1979 European Elections where she polled 33,969 votes on an Anti H-Block platform.
The second poster is from the 1969 Mid Ulster by Election where as a Unity candidate she won the by-election. She was returned to Westminster again in 1970 but lost her seat in 1974.
The Wikipedia entry for Bernadette Devlin McAliskey.



“JOIN The Independent Socialist Party” Leaflet -Circa 1976 February 8, 2010

Firstly Thanks to the donor. (This is the first of two Independent Socialist Party Leaflets I’ll be posting )

“Join the Independent Socialist Party” with details of the party’s aims, a piece on Socialism in Ireland and the directions it has taken since 1968 and also membership details on the back.
The Contact details for the Independent Socialist Party are ‘The Five Eighth Bookshop’ which was a small bookshop run by Johnny White.

What else I know is that The Independent Socialist Party was shortlived (1976 to 1978) and came from a split with the IRSP. I’d assume this leaflet is from 1976.
Wikipedia states…
The Independent Socialist Party was a far left political party in Ireland. It was founded in 1976 as a split from the Irish Republican Socialist Party named the Irish Committee for a Socialist Programme, calling for more prominent socialist politics and less emphasis on paramilitary activity. The following year, it renamed itself the “Independent Socialist Party” and was joined by former UK Member of Parliament Bernadette McAliskey.
The party entered discussions with the Socialist Workers’ Movement (SWM), with the aim of forming a joint organisation, but the SWM chose instead to join the Socialist Labour Party in 1978. As a result, the Independent Socialist Party decided to disband.

You will also find some more information here.



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