Irish Election Literature

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Vote No leaflet from The Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage #Divref May 17, 2019


From the forthcoming Divorce REferendum, a Vote No leaflet from The Alliance for the Defence of the Family and Marriage.

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Divorce Referendum “Vote Yes” leaflet from Fine Gael #DivRef May 15, 2019

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A “Vote Yes” leaflet from Fine Gael for the forthcoming Divorce Referendum.
Many thanks to the sender

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“The Heart of Marriage” -1995 Divorce Referendum leaflet from The Bishops of Ireland August 19, 2014

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From the 1995 Divorce Referendum a leaflet produced by Veritas outlining various reasons given by The Catholic Bishops of Ireland to vote No in the Referendum .It ends with the following quote…

“In our considered judgement, the introduction of divorce would be false kindness, misguided compassion and bad law.”

Many thanks to the sender

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The Government Information Booklet from the 1995 Divorce Referendum May 1, 2013

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From the 1995 Divorce Referendum the Government Information booklet produced to inform voters of the merits of both the Yes side and the No side.
Many thanks to the sender.

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“Inform Your Conscience -Vote No To Divorce” 1986 Divorce Referendum -‘Marriage for Life’ March 20, 2012

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“Inform Your Conscience -Vote No To Divorce” from the 1986 Divorce Referendum produced by the Kerry based group ‘Marriage for Life’.
The “Towards a Solution” section contains all sorts of remedies to stop marital breakdown whilst other parts link rejecting Divorce to rejecting Nuclear Power and Military Alliances.

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Garret Fitzgerald 1986 Divorce Referendum “I call on the women of Ireland to vote YES” December 8, 2011


From the 1986 Referendum on Divorce, Fine Gael Leader and then Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald calls “… on the women of Ireland to vote YES”.
The Referendum was defeated.

 

From 1986 “Protect the Family -VOTE NO TO DIVORCE” October 28, 2011


From the 1986 Divorce Referendum an ad from the “Anti Divorce Campaign Committee” with the slogan “Protect the Family -VOTE NO TO DIVORCE”.

 

“Under the Amendment YOU COULD BE DIVORCED AGAINST YOUR WILL- Vote No to Divorce 1986 Referendum August 3, 2011


From the 1986 Divorce Referendum a flyer from The Anti Divorce Campaign Committee with the message

“Under the Amendment YOU COULD BE DIVORCED AGAINST YOUR WILL – Vote No to Divorce ”

 

Ad from Michael D Higgins asking for a Yes vote in the 1995 Divorce Referendum March 31, 2011


From the 1995 Divorce Referendum an ad from The Galway Advertiser Newspaper from Labour Party TD Michael D Higgins asking for a Yes vote. The Referendum was passed, but only just.

 

“Banning Umbrellas does not Stop Rain.Banning Divorce does not Stop Marital Breakdown” Vote Yes -1995 Divorce Referendum December 14, 2010


From the 1995 Divorce Referendum a series of Ads from the Galway For Divorce Group.
‘Banning Umbrellas does not Stop Rain.Banning Divorce does not Stop Marital Breakdown’
Other messages included “Till death do us part” (or alcoholism, infidelity, violence, crime or plain bad luck.)
The 1995 Referendum was passed by just over 9,000 votes. (Result from electionsireland.org)

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“Hello Divorce….. Bye Bye Daddy….” Poster -1995 Divorce Referendum June 27, 2010

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Hello Divorce goodbye daddy
From the 1995 Divorce Referendum, a picture of the infamous “Hello Divorce….. Bye Bye Daddy….” Poster/ Billboard campaign issued by the No Divorce Campaign. Not ‘goodbye Daddy’ but the childish ‘bye bye Daddy’
The Divorce Referendum was passed.

 

Divorce Referendum 1986- The Association of Lawyers Against the Amendment September 24, 2009


Quite a detailed legalistic document  from the Association of Lawyers against the Amendment. It is difficult at times to read in its original form never mind after going through my scanner.

This goes through the proposed amendments wording and then argues against it. It does give a more balanced Legal arguement (which wouldn’t be too difficult) against the Amendment other than ‘Divorce is wrong’ and so on.

 

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Divorce Referendum 1986- ‘The Balance Of Compassion- 12 Reasons For Saying No’


I dont know what organisation issued the leaflet and cant find anything on ‘Lir Press’ either. There are some incredible reasons in the ’12 Reasons for Saying No’… amongst them…. ‘No one can ignore the sad and condemnable cases of battering husbands. But, by allowing divorce, we permit husbands who have battered their wives to continue this crime into a new, second relationship’

Labour campaigned using the slogan “Put Compassion in the Constitution”

Amongst Other Divorce Referendum items on the site…
Labour Party ‘Yes’ to Divorce 1986
‘The Alice Glenn Report May 1986- A Woman Voting for Divorce is like a Turkey voting for Christmas’
Divorce Action Group- Yes to Divorce
1986- ‘The Association of Lawyers against the Amendment

 

Labour -Yes to Divorce 1986


This is from the 1986 Divorce Referendum. The Yes side had the simple argument of recognising when a marriage had broken down and giving people a second chance. The No side had legal, moral and other arguements against. As Far as I’m aware Fine Gael whilst in favour of the referendum didn’t officially campaign. Labour were the only major party advocating a Yes vote.

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Tony Clarke -Independent Socialist – Dun Laoghaire Nov 1982. September 22, 2009


Tony Clarke Independent Socialist Dun Laoghaire November 1982.  Although the fashion may be out of date, some of his ideas were slightly ahead of their time. Equal rights for Fathers wasn’t something talked about much then , at least openly anyhow. The salaries of TDs is a common complaint and of course the demand for Irish Unity was mainstream at the time. A demand too for a Divorce Referendum…. He polled 205 votes.

 

Divorce Action Group -“Vote Yes to Divorce” 1986 Referendum September 18, 2009


Given that it was a contentious issue and parties were split by the issue, the main parties produced little on the 1986 Divorce Referendum.

This is a leaflet from the main Divorce pressure group of the time, The Divorce Action Group. Also refered to as DAG they had been founded in 1980.

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The Alice Glenn Report May 1986- ‘A Woman voting for Divorce is like a Turkey voting for Christmas’ September 10, 2009


‘A Woman voting for Divorce is like a Turkey voting for Christmas’ says Alice
We’ve moved on a bit since Alice, but this gives an idea of attitudes in the mid 80’s. Alice wasn’t a crackpot either as these views were fairly mainstream. She was a Fine Gael TD for Dublin Central at the time.
Well worth a read.

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