Irish Election Literature

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leaflet from Colm McGrath -Independent – Clondalkin 2004 Local Elections June 15, 2011

From the 2004 Local Elections a flyer from Independent candidate Colm McGrath running in Clondalkin. McGrath a former Fianna Fail councillor and General Election candidate, was deselected by Fianna Fail for the 1999 Local Elections and was elected as an independent. In this 2004 Election he polled 861 votes and lost his seat.
He ran again in the 2011 General Election polling just 253 votes.
In 2010 he along with other former Fianna Fail councillors Don Lydon, Sean Gilbride and Tony Fox were charged with corruption.



Tony Fox -Fianna Fail -Dundrum 1999 LE October 22, 2010

From the 1999 Local Elections a leaflet from Tony Fox, one of the four former Fianna Fail councillors charged with corruption.
The Other 3 charged were Don Lydon (Leaflet here ) , Colm McGrath (featured in this leaflet ) and Sean Gilbride.

Councillor Fox topped the poll. The leaflet also says that he was “Universally Popular”….

Tony Fox



Liam Cosgrave – Fine Gael – Dun Laoghaire 1989 February 1, 2010

The now disgraced former Fine Gael TD Liam T. Cosgrave from the 1989 General Election in Dun Laoghaire.
From a Fine Gael dynasty, Liam T Cosgrave is son of former Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach Liam Cosgrave and also grandson of another former Fine Gael leader W. T. Cosgrave.
Having lost his seat in 1987 Liam Cosgrave again failed to win a seat in 1989 despite having won the fourth most first preferences in a five seat constituency.
In 2003 he resigned from Fine Gael, after evidence in the Mahon tribunal heard that Cosgrave had accepted illegal payments from property developers in return for voting to rezone property in Dublin. In 2005, Cosgrave pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to disclose to the Standards in Public Office Commission a political donation of £2,500 received from lobbyist Frank Dunlop. He was sentenced to 75 hours Community Service.

Liam Cosgrave Junior



‘Politicians on the Fiddle:Vote Them Out-‘Campaign for Honesty in Politics’ 1991 November 17, 2009

1991 Local Elections and a leaflet from the ‘Campaign for Honesty in Politics’ to Vote Out the Big Parties. As tribunals have shown, they were more than correct about ‘Politicians on the Fiddle’.
I’m not sure who was behind the ‘Campaign for Honesty in Politics’, names such as Michael Smith and Colm MacEochaidh have been suggested, but it may not have been them. (It was in 1995 that the reward was offered that led to the tribunals.)
I had it filed away with Green Party material from Ballybrack if that provides a clue to anyone. The Green Party and The Workers Party were the only ‘Small’ Parties to contest Ballybrack and Blackrock. Sinn Fein contested the Dun Laoghaire ward.
Anyway I’d love to know who was behind the leaflet.
As you can see the issues covered are on the Southside of Dublin. Some of the lands mentioned may have been part of the now infamous ‘Jackson Way’ land. It also illustrates the cynical way councillors were using their vote. Also mentioned is the compensation that councils had to pay developers when they refused planning permission.



Don Lydon -Fianna Fail 2002 Seanad November 10, 2009

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A shocking photo of the candidate Don Lydon with Bertie Ahern and a dreadful Slogan.
Lydon was recently charged with Corruption along with 3 other Fianna Fail councillors. Tony Fox (leaflet here ) , Colm McGrath (featured in this leaflet ) and Sean Gilbride.




Colm Mac Eochaidh -Fine Gael 2002 Dublin South East October 16, 2009

Colm Mac Eochaidh, who along with Michael Smith in 1995 offered a reward of €10,000  for information leading to convictions for corruption in the planning system in Dublin.  He failed in this attempt at election.




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