Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Fianna Fail -Sean Lemass Cumann-Deansgrane Spring 1990 Newsletter August 26, 2010

From 1990 a local Newsletter produced by the Fianna Fail Sean Lemass Cumann in Deansgrange.
A lot of very local issues are covered as well as details of how to become a member and of a lot of Fianna Fails Dun Laoghaire representatives of the time.



Betty Coffey in Black and White .. “A Voice For The Liberal Agenda In Fianna Fail” -1992 GE -Dun Laoghaire July 28, 2010

From the 1992 General Election a leaflet for Fianna Fail candidate Betty Coffey running in Dun Laoghaire. Having narrowly missed out on a seat in 1989 she polled 2,119 votes and wasn’t in the mix for the final seat.
Her background is interesting and reflects Dun Laoghaire of the time. It was seen as one of the countries most liberal constituencies and also had the lowest percentage of Catholics.
Her leaflet has a section “Who can create the jobs?
“Not the state. Not unless it raises taxes by climbing up on the breaking back of the PAYE worker. Not unless it puts us in hock for billions to make up a few hollow jobs in FAS type training schemes.”
The odd thing being that the 1992 Fianna Fail Manifesto called for State intervention in Job Creation , a 750 million pound Jobs Fund was to be set up.



Fianna Fail ‘Dun Laoghaire News’- 1989 GE -Brain Hillery, Betty Coffey, David Andrews January 4, 2010

From the 1989 General Election Campaign, where Fianna Fail called an unneccessary election in the hope of gaining an overall majority. Lots here of interest although these lines…..
Don’t Interupt its good work”
..take some beating.
Pictured under the corny heading of ‘Tuning in to a working majority’ greeting musicians are Charlie Haughey, Betty Coffey, Brian Hillery and David Andrews behind him. (as an aside if I’m correct and its Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre in the picture…the escalator in view is where Georgie Burgess exclaims his love for Sharon in the Film ‘The Snapper’)

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Betty Coffey -Fianna Fail -Dun Laoghaire 1989 November 22, 2009

Betty (Elizabeth in some records) Coffey stood in both the 1989 and 1992 General Elections for Fianna Fail in Dub Laoghaire. In this 1989 election she was just 26 votes behind party colleague Brian Hillery when she ws eliminated, Hillery was elected. Although not so much here, a lot of her other literature promoted her ‘Liberal Agenda’.



Adrian Hardiman, Elizabeth Gregan, Betty Coffey,William Harvey- Fianna Fail 1985 LE Dun Laoghaire September 11, 2009

From the 1985 local elections in Dun Laoghaire, Adrian Hardiman, Elizabeth Gregan, Betty Coffey and William Harvey all running for Fianna Fail.
The Adrian Hardiman is the now Judge Adrian Hardiman that was standing for Fianna Fail and who later had connections with the PDs.
(Theres quite a number of our current judiciary such as Pat McCartan, George Bermingham, Henry Abbott and Michael White who have also put themselves before the electorate in the past)


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