Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

“For Bolshevism” December 2003 – The All Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks (ACPB) On The Territory Of The Former USSR. July 6, 2019

The December 2003 edition of “For Bolshevism- inside the communist movement” produced by The All Union Communist Party of Bolsheviks (ACPB) On The Territory Of The Former USSR. There are a number of articles to mark the Joseph Stalin’s Birthday.  I’ve scanned and uploaded it in pdf format here
Many thanks to the sender.


Leaflet from Anne Murphy -Communist Party of Great Britain- 1994 European Elections London NW May 14, 2013

From the 1994 European Elections a leaflet from Irishwoman Anne Murphy who was running for the Communist Party of Great Britain in London North West.
Many thanks to the sender.



“Angela Davis On Trial” Leaflet from the Angela Davis Defence Committee circa 1971 July 20, 2012

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Not Irish but something I had that I thought might be of interest. “Angela Davis On Trial” a leaflet from the London based Angela Davis Defence Committee. I presume its from 1971.
The leaflet gives a background to Davis, the offences commited and why she should be released. Davis was prominent in the Black Panthers and The Communist Party of the USA.
More info on her here



Leaflet from Rod Eley -Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist Leninist) -Feb 1982 General Election Dublin West July 18, 2012

From the February 1982 General Election a leaflet from Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist Leninist) candidate Rod Eley running in Dublin West where he polled 59 votes.
Many thanks to the sender.



“There is an alternative” -Communist Party of Ireland 2010 July 6, 2011

A 2010 leaflet from the Communist Party of Ireland promoting an alternative to “A failed system and a failed strategy by a bankrupt Government”.



Communist Party of Ireland 2007 May Day Leaflet December 6, 2010

From 2007 a leaflet produced by the Communist Party of Ireland for May Day. It also mentions the centenary of the 1907 Belfast dockers and carters strike led by Connolly and Larkin.



A 2008 “Celtic Nightmare” Leaflet from the Communist Party of Ireland December 2, 2010

From 2008 a leaflet from the Communist Party of Ireland with the then woes of the country listed.
The first line is “Everything appears to be getting out of control” we’ve moved on since then….



“Demand a democratic economy” – Connolly Youth Movement 2009 Leaflet July 26, 2010

A 2009 leaflet “Demand a democratic economy” from the Connolly Youth Movement.



NAMA = welfare for the wealthy! -Leaflet from the Communist Party of Ireland 2009 July 18, 2010

A 2009 leaflet from the Communist Party of Ireland titled “NAMA = welfare for the wealthy!”.
NAMA “…is a case of Irish workers taking all the pain. The much talked about “sharing the pain” is nothing more than a ruse to cover a major attack on workers and their families, while the Rich and powerful, and their lackeys in the media and universities , remain firmly entrenched, retaining the control over economic and thereby political power.”
There is also an ad for the CPIs “An Economy For The Common Good” booklet.



1986 letter from The Workers Party to the Communist Party of The Soviet Union (CPSU) looking for Funds July 8, 2010

First off many many thanks to the Sender for this. (and donations always welcome)
(I’m also assuming that this letter is real)
A 1986 letter from The Workers Party to the Communist Party of The Soviet Union (CPSU) looking for “a grant of one million pounds (Irish) over the proposed five year development period in order to assist.. in this vital and urgent task, which we believe will be Of benefit to the world struggle for Peace, Freedom, and Socialism.
The letter is signed by Proinsias De Rossa and Sean Garland.

Amongst other things it gives a background to where the party were, their view of Ireland at the time and outlines what they would spend funds on.
There is also a mention of ‘Special Activities’.
Some of this has been detailed in The Lost Revolution.

As its hard to read in places, the text is underneath each page.

Dear Comrade,
The Executive of the Workers Party of Ireland, on the occasion of a visit to Moscow of the General Secretary, Sean Garland, and Vice-President and Chairperson Executive Political Committee, Councillor Proinsias De Rossa TD, wishes to convey its warm regards and fraternal greetings to the Central Committee and members of the C.P.S.U. and to address this important and urgent message to you.

Though it has been a relatively short time since our two parties established relations in December ’83, each year has seen more contact and understanding leading to more positive development and to a better
overall understanding of the two parties objectives strategies and tactics. In regard to the basic fundamentals, of objectives and tasks in the world today, there is we believe a common analysis and a common approach.
We know that you are quite familiar with the general situation in Ireland, just as we ourselves, keep informed as to developments in the Soviet Union and throughout the world. We would however like to briefly sketch for you the present and immediate future situation in Ireland as we see it.

In the Republic of Ireland the continuing economic Crisis is making the coalition government of Fine Gael and Labour very unstable. The parliament has only one year to run but many Observers are now predicting the possibility of a General election this November or early next spring. The government has lost the confidence of the majority of the people, of business, of the trade unions, and even of many of its members both inside and outside parliament. The Main opposition party, Fianna Fail, is expected to table a motion of ‘no confidence’ in the government



Connolly Association and Irish Self-Determination League -Membership Form May 3, 2010

Donor writes….
The membership form for the Connolly Association, the Irish communist grouping in Britain. no date, but 1960s I think.”


Manchester Connolly Association- 1965 Poster for Easter Commemoration Meeting and Parade April 13, 2010

From 1965 a Poster from The Manchester Connolly Association advertising an Easter Commemoration, Meeting and Parade.
The Connolly Association, were the Irish Communist grouping in Britain. Originally called The Connolly Club.
This article on Manchester’s Radical History provides good background. Both Danny Kilcommins and Tommy Watters , speakers at the event are mentioned.
I’m not sure if the Tom Redmond mentioned is the Tom Redmond who was a member of the Irish Workers League and editor of Socialist Voice.


Irish Workers League – No to The Common Market Leaflet 1961 April 3, 2010

I was sent this by a kind reader who notes…
‘…. information leaflet from 1961. It’s a No to the Common Market leaflet, and it was produced by the Irish Workers League, which was the Southern communist organisation at that time – the other grouping being the Communist Party of Northern Ireland. both merged in 1970 to form the CPI.’

It is an interesting enough read telling what would come to pass were we to join the then ‘Common Market’ and giving an Alternative Irish Economy. The EU of today which has no restriction on the flow of capital, goods or labour between member countries’ has come to pass. The effect of Ireland joining as spelt out also came true in areas such as ‘A serious weakening of the position of State industries’, ‘The wiping out of a large section of Irish Industry’ and emigration flourished for 25 years after our initial membership.



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