Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Three vintage Fianna Fail election posters “The Straight Road is Shortest”,”Keep The Wheels Moving” and “Fianna Fail is Building Up” January 10, 2012

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Three vintage election posters from Fianna Fail. “The Straight Road is Shortest”,”Keep The Wheels Moving” and “Fianna Fail is Building Up”.
I’m not quite sure which elections they are from, either way they are a reminder of different times.
(If you’d like them in bigger sized versions contact me)



1931 Letter from Eamon De Valera to Irish Press Shareholder announcing that the paper was to be published on the following Saturday January 5, 2012

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From September 2nd 1931, a letter to each shareholder in The Irish Press from Eamon De Valera. The letter announces the launch of the paper on Saturday 5th of September as well as practical ways of supporting the paper.
I’m curious to know if it would have been signed in person by De Valera, the original looks as if it may have been but given the letter mentions 8,000 shareholders its probably unlikely.


1949 booklet from The Anti Partition of Ireland League for the visit of Eamon De Valera to Birmingham December 17, 2011

In January 1949, the then former Taoiseach Eamon De Valera visited Birmingham as a guest of the Anti Partition League of Ireland. This booklet contains a programme of events, a profile of Dev, a message from Hugh Delargy, the aims of the Anti Partition League of Ireland, ads for Connradh Na Gaedhilge and much more.
There is information on The Anti Partition League here and on page 14 and 15 here.
There is more information on former Labour MP Hugh Delargy here and here



Offering “Justice and Brotherhood- not Flogging and Tortures” -Sinn Fein 1923 General Election November 13, 2011

From the 1923 General Election ,a leaflet “Vote for Sinn Fein” . Amongst the opening paragraph is that Sinn Fein offers “Justice and Brotherhood- not Flogging and Tortures”.
“Sinn Fein will abolish the murder gangs and secure the life, liberty and property of the people”
Lots more besides,
Many thanks to the sender.


An Eamon De Valera badge October 9, 2011

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Was sent this image with no extra info. It looks to be a fairly young Dev, however there is no election related slogan on it so its hard to figure out how old it is.
Many thanks to the sender.


From 1944 “The Taoiseach’s Message” -Eamon De Valera -Fianna Fail September 25, 2011

From the 1944 General Election a message to the electorate from then Taoiseach and Fianna Fail Leader Eamon De Valera. In this 1944 Election Fianna Fail gained 9 seats and had an overall majority.
Interesting to see a lot of the message given over to the ills of coalition governments.


Leaflet from Ruairí de Valera -Wexford -2011 GE February 28, 2011

From the 2011 General Election in Wexford a leaflet from Independent candidate Ruairí de Valera. Ruairi DeValera is a grandson of former Taoiseach and President Eamon De Valera and of course a cousin of Eamon Ó Cuív.
He polled 119 votes.
Many Thanks to the sender.



From 1966 a “President Of The Nation -Vote De Valera” Poster January 14, 2011

From the 1966 Presidential Election a poster for Fianna Fails Eamon deValera. It was his last ever election as he beat Tom O’Higgins by just 10,000 votes.


‘Win with De Valera’, ‘De Valera For President’ posters August 29, 2010

A few Posters for Eamon De Valera .



Éamon de Valera -‘We Got Him Out To Put Him In’ poster August 16, 2010

Was sent this image. I presume from the 1917 General Election a poster for Eamon De Valera. The slogan of ‘We Got Him Out To Put Him In’ is excellent.


“Dont Prop Up A Rotten Cause” and other Cumann na nGaedhael Posters from the 1932 General Election July 27, 2010

Many thanks to the sender.
A series of wonderful Cumann na nGaedhael Posters from the 1932 General Election.



‘Skipper for this storm too EAMON DE VALERA’ -Fianna Fail 1944 General Election Poster May 14, 2010

Got sent this gem from the 1944 general election. A Fianna Fail Poster ‘Skipper for this Storm Too’ EAMON DE VALERA
The ship symbolises neutral Ireland withDev at the helm.


First Dail 1919 -Poster with picture of each member. February 25, 2010

This wonderful poster was produced by Michael Finneran TD to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the First Dail.
It contains a scene from the Dail as well as pictures of each of the members.
(Thanks to Liam Byrne for sending me this)
Click on the poster to enlarge


A selection of 1948 Election Posters January 18, 2010

I got emailed these by a kind donor, apparently they are from Life Magazine.
First off the Posters are all pasted on to the wall in billboard slots, not a poster to be seen on the lamppost!
The 1948 election will be remembered for the coming of Clann na Poblachta. Here in Dublin North Central constituency. (Result from they didn’t win a seat.
There is also a picture of Fine Gael Leader General Richard Mulcahy Fine Gael leader from 1944 to 1959. When Fine Gael did come to power in 1948 it was John A. Costello rather than party leader Mulcahy who became Taoiseach. This was due to Mulcahy having been in government during the post Civil War executions. In the 1948 government he held the role of Minister for Education.
Note how the Fianna Fail poster has been defaced with ‘And Emigrate!’.
The sender notes …”I found a TIME article about the election which stated that adulterating and appending derogatory statements to posters was a frequent occurrence during the campaign”



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