Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

“Group Fixtures & Venues 2002 World Cup Korea Japan” -Brendan Brady -Fine Gael- 2002 General Election Dublin North West May 30, 2011

Candidates or TDs will often send a card with useful phone numbers (sometimes with a magnet so it can be stuck on the fridge), a guide to local services, Budget guides, guides to Benefits and so on all in the hope that you will hold on to them.
World Cups and other sporting occasions also lead to a flurry of leaflets with fixture guides and the like. This one is a fixture guide for the 2002 World Cup produced by Fine Gael Dublin North west candidate Brendan Brady. The 2002 General Election was held on the 17th of May and Brady polled 2,082 votes and missed out on a seat.
Some other sports related flyers
John Stafford meets Jack Charlton for USA 94, Tom Kitts ‘Olé Olé’ from 2002, Mock GAA programme from Seamus Kirk



“Your Vote Counts” and other Election Leaflet cliches -Bill Tormey -Fine Gael -2007 GE Dublin North West May 29, 2011

A 2007 General Election leaflet from Fine Gael candidate Bill Tormey running in Dublin North West. Former Labour man Tormey polled 3,083 votes and didn’t win a seat. Dr Bill , a Shamrock Rovers Fan, uses a fair few Election Leaflet cliches in the leaflet…… “They Say its going to be close”, “There is only one way to change the Government This Thursday”, “Your Vote Counts” and other cliches



Flyer for Mary Flaherty -Fine Gael -Dublin North West -1997 General Election March 8, 2011

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From the 1997 General Election campaign a flyer for Fine Gaels Mary Flaherty running in Dublin North West.
Having been elected to Dublin City Council in 1979, she stood for the Dail in 1981 and was elected. She held her seat until 1997. She had a brief spell as Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Welfare. She is married to former Senator and TD Alexis Fitzgerald.


Leaflet from Andrew Keegan- People Before Profit /United Left Alliance -Dublin North West February 16, 2011

From the 2011 General Election campaign a leaflet from People Before Profit / United Left Alliance candidate Andrew Keegan running inn Dublin North West.
Keegan is a co-founder of the Building Workers campaign.



Michael J Loftus -New Vision- Dublin North West February 11, 2011

From the 2011 General election a flyer from New Vision / Independent candidate Michael J Loftus running in Dublin North West. A well known Referee in Dublin GAA circles this is his first time running for the Dail.
His Website



Odd flyer for Gerry Breen Fine Gael -Dublin North West -2011 General Election February 6, 2011

An odd one this, delivered for Gerry Breen one of the Fine Gael candidates in Dublin North West in the 2011 General Election.
The sender (many thanks) notes..

Just got this in the door today. It’s monochrome in the original too. As you can see, the flyer is mostly an application form for a European Health Insurance Card. Would have thought this kind of thing would be more typical at Christmas/between elections than during a campaign. Note that nowhere does it directly solicit a vote!



Flyer for Pat Carey , Noel Ahern -Fianna Fail- 1997 GE Dublin North West January 5, 2011

From 1997 a flyer for Noel Ahern “Brother of Bertie Ahern Leader of Fianna Fail” and Pat Carey running for Fianna Fail in Dublin North West.
Both were easily elected with Noel Ahern getting over 1.5 quotas. He has since also been elected on the first count in 2002 and 2007.
Pat Carey hasn’t really aged much since.



‘The Finglas People’- Feb/March 2007 -Irish Socialist Network September 12, 2010

From the run up to the 2007 General Election a newsletter from the Irish Socialist Network ‘The Finglas People’.
Th newsletter mentions John O’Neills candidacy and has a profile of his political History and Community work on the ground.
We also get Issues such as Private Hospitals, the M50 Toll bridge and examples of the inequalities of our Health Services.



“Dr Bill – He’s on your side” -Bill Tormey-Independent -1997 General Election Dublin North West August 20, 2010

In 1997 and even now Dr Bill was Dr Bill Tormey as opposed to Dr Bill Cullen. Tormey now a Fine Gael councillor had prior to being Independent, been a Labour Party candidate. (Dr Bill at
A Shamrock Rovers Fan of longstanding, Bill is a specialist in chemical pathology and general internal medicine and a consultant in Beaumont and Connolly hospitals. He is tipped by many to take a seat at the next General Election for Fine Gael.
Amongst the issues mentioned in the Flyer are The Port Tunnel, Water Charges and Residential Property Tax, the development of the New Town in Ballymun and Jobs.



Joe MacDonough -The National Party -1997 Dublin North West June 10, 2010

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet for Joe MacDonough running for The National Party in Dublin North West. He polled 614 votes.
The National Party was set up after Nora Bennis (who became Party Leader) polled surprisingly well in the 1994 European Elections running as an Independent.
In 1992 Joe MacDonough had run for the Christian Centrist Party and got 741 votes.



Noel Ahern -Fianna Fail -1997 Dublin North West May 21, 2010

From the 1997 General Election an election flyer for Fianna Fail candidate Noel Ahern running in Dublin North West. Noel Ahern topped the poll and was elected with over a half a quota to spare.
A brother of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Councillor Maurice Ahern, he was first elected to the Dail in 1992 and has held his seat since.



Roisin Shorthall ‘.. a strong local voice’ for Griffith Avenue – 1997 GE Dublin North West April 27, 2010

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Labour Party candidate Roisin Shorthall running in Dublin North West.
In the leaflet she emphasises her local links to Griffith Avenue and it surrounding areas. Roisin Shorthall was elected.



“De Rossa Delivers”- Proinsias De Rossa -Democratic Left -1997 GE Dublin North West April 4, 2010

From the 1997 General Election campaign, A leaflet from Democratic Left Leader Proinsias De Rossa running in Dublin North West. The leaflet lists the achievemenst of The Rainbow Government both nationally and locally.
Issues covered include the regeneration of Ballymun, ‘A Northside light Rail system …is planned’, ‘Control of horses act has been introduced’, ‘Local community groups… have recieved significant funding’.




John Dunne – The Workers Party -1997 Dublin North West February 23, 2010

From the 1997 General Election in Dublin North West,The Workers Party candidate John Dunne.
Issues covered in the leaflet include a wish for the LUAS to service Dublin North West, a strategy for Jobs that may be of use today, a novel Bus users charter as well as plenty of problems the Celtic tiger failed to fully address.



John O’Neill -Irish Socialist Network -2007 GE -Dublin North West February 22, 2010

From the 2007 General Election, Irish Socialist Network candidate John O’Neill. John O’Neill recieved 505 votes.



Brendan Brady -Fine Gael -1997 Dublin North West January 26, 2010

Fine Gael candidate Brendan Brady from the 1997 General Election where he failed to win a seat in Dublin North West.
Brendan writes “… The Country has had its fair share of Fianna Fail Governments and the people have had enough of Golden Circles and scandals…” yet it was Fianna Fail that were voted in.



Mary Flaherty -Fine Gael -1997 Dublin North West January 3, 2010

Mary Flaherty who at this stage had been a TD since 1981. She was also married to former Fine Gael TD Alexis Fitzgerald. She lost her seat in this 1997 election and retired from Politics. She was outpolled by her party colleague Brendan Brady who also failed to get in.
The long awaited Luas to the airport and Ballymun is amongst other things mentioned here.



“Party Pizzas! -The Election Selection” -John O’Neill -Irish Socialist Network 2007 December 8, 2009

This is the back of a 4 page leaflet issued by the Irish Socialist Network for the 2007 General Election campaign of John O’Neill.
Fantastic imagination, playing on the fact that election material is so often mixed in with Pizza Menus… and often the Pizza Menu is more popular!


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