Irish Election Literature

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“Ireland R.I.P.” Playing Cards from The Irish Daily Star 30th September 2010 December 9, 2014

To mark the second anniversary of the Bank Guarantee The Irish Daily Star produced a set of playing cards with quotes from many involved in The Crash. Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen, Sean Dunne, Patrick Honohan, David Drumm, Patrick Neary are among the many included. A reminder of the time.
Many thanks to the sender



From the 2002 Labour Party Leadership Election, Profiles of candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader July 17, 2014

A leaflet sent to Labour Party members from the 2002 Labour Party Leadership contest. It has profiles , provided by the candidates, for both the Leadership and Deputy Leadership Elections.
Pat Rabbitte was elected Party Leader defeating Roisin Shortall, Eamon Gilmore and Brendan Howlin. Liz McManus was elected Deputy Leader defeating Joan Burton, Willie Penrose and Joe Costello.
Many thanks to the sender.




Letter to Labour Party Members from Eamon Gilmore after his election as leader in 2007 June 26, 2014

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From September 2007 a letter from Eamon Gilmore to Labour Party members outlining his aims for the Party. These aims included winning 30 seats at the next General Election and an open style of leadership. For some reason he also mentions a timeframe of six years.
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“A Good T.D.” Flyer from Eamon Gilmore -Democratic Left -1997 General Election….. September 9, 2013

The site is Four years old today….
have had 750,230 page views…..
have an exhibition planned for early next year…..
The first thing I posted…..
An Eamon Gilmore Flyer from the 1997 General Election when he was running for the Democratic Left in Dun Laoghaire.


Labour Connect (Members Newsletter) -‘Labour: Shaping Our Recovery’ -Spring 2013 March 29, 2013

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The Spring 2013 edition of the Labour members newsletter ‘Labour Connect’. In this issue we have ‘Labour: Shaping Our Recovery’ ,an article by party leader Eamon Gilmore “From chaos to stability – Two years of Labour in Government” , an article from Joan Burton on how Ireland is better off with Labour in Government and assorted other articles too.
Many thanks to the sender.

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Leaflet from Eamon Gilmore- Workers Party- 1989 General Election -Dun Laoghaire January 9, 2013

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet from Eamon Gilmore of The Workers Party who was running in Dun Laoghaire. Having narrowly missed out in the 1987 General Election, it was in this 1989 Election that Gilmore won a seat in the Dail for the first time, a seat he has held since.
The leaflet itself sets out then then aims of The Workers Party and we also have a message to the electorate from Proinsias De Rossa. The 150 words about local issues in Dun Laoghaire gives an idea of some of the problems of the time.




“Dun Laoghaire Newsletter.. Water Rates Abolished:” -Eamon Gilmore -Democratic Left- 1997 General Election Dun Laoghaire July 24, 2012

From the 1997 General Election “Dun Laoghaire Newsletter” from then Minister of State for the Marine and Democratic Left TD Eamon Gilmore running in Dun Laoghaire. The leaflet boasts of Water Rates being abolished.
“Water rates were a form of double taxation on PAYE workers and an unsatisfactory way of funding local Councils” said Gilmore. The leaflet also mentions job creating, outside toilets and crime.
In this 1997 election Gilmore polled 7,534 votes and held the seat he first won in 1989.



From 1992 “If you think Eamon Gilmore Should be re-elected don’t take any chances …give him your No. 1 vote” June 2, 2012

From the 1992 General Election when running for the Democratic Left a leaflet with the headline.. “If you think Eamon Gilmore Should be re-elected don’t take any chances …give him your No. 1 vote”
In this Democratic Lefts first General Election Gilmore was re-elected polling 7,045 votes and comfortably taking the last seat.



Eamon Gilmore leaflets mentioned by Joe Higgins in the Dail last week. February 20, 2012

In a speech in the Dail the last week Joe Higgins referred to some old Eamon Gilmore Leaflets that I’d posted here previously.
Just reposting them again with some of the text from the speech.

Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–I refer to what does not lie, namely, the history of this issue. There was a fresh faced councillor in Dún Laoghaire in the 1980s—–
Deputy Emmet Stagg:   Deputy Boyd Barrett.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–who put out a statement that he was the first councillor in the country to propose and win the abolition of the water rates. The same councillor, in a new manifestation—–
An Ceann Comhairle:   The Deputy is supposed to be asking a supplementary question not giving a lecture on history.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–in Democratic Left in the late 1980s and early 1990s—–

Deputy Joe Higgins:   His thwarted political ambitions have a lot more to do with his outbursts here than anything I can say.
An Ceann Comhairle:   Deputy Higgins, through the Chair please.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   He made your seat in 1987 in campaigns against the local rates.
An Ceann Comhairle:   I am going to call an end to this if the Deputy does not conclude.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   In a new reincarnation, Democratic Left—–
Deputy Brendan Howlin:   In 1872.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–he stated that the PAYE taxpayers whom his party represented had already paid enough tax for local services and should not have to pay again. …..

I’ve a section dedicated to Gilmore leaflets here


Flyer for Eamon Gilmore and Sylvie Batt -Workers Party -1991 Local Elections Ballybrack May 14, 2011

From the 1991 Local Elections a flyer for Workers Party candidates Eamon Gilmore and Sylvie Batt running in the Ballybrack LEA. Gilmore topped the poll and was elected on the first count with over 2000 votes but failed to bring in his running mate Batt who polled 333 first preferences.
The two candidates are pictured with other Dun Laoghaire based candidates in this brilliant  1991 leaflet.


Gilmore for Taoiseach -Labour 2011 Party Political Broadcast February 5, 2011

A 2011 Party Political Broadcast from the Labour Party.


Eamon Gilmores Message to the electorate 2011 General Election. January 30, 2011

First off ,many thanks to the sender. The message from Eamon Gilmore that will be on almost all Labour Leaflets in the 2011 General Election.


“Gilmore for Taoiseach” video from the Labour Party January 22, 2011

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A “Gilmore for Taoiseach” video produced by the Labour Party in 2010.

“This is One Ireland, unfortunately in recent times it has become a very unequal and very unfair Ireland in many respects and it is our job as a Labour Party is to make it One Ireland again,” the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD on his vision for One Ireland.


Leaflet for Marian White -Workers Party -1991 Local Elections Blackrock November 30, 2010

A 1991 Local Elections leaflet for Marian White of The Workers Party running in Blackrock. She narrowly missed out on winning a seat. The leaflet also has a message from Eamon Gilmore.


Leaflet for Eamon Gilmore, Niamh Bhreathnach -Labour -2002 GE Dun Laoghaire November 23, 2010

From the 2002 General Election a leaflet from Labour candidates Eamon Gilmore and Niamh Bhreathnach running in Dun Laoghaire. Gilmore polled 8,271 votes and was easily elected. Bhreathnach polled 3,893 votes and missed out.
It was Gilmores first General Election standing for Labour.



‘One of The Best ‘ Eamon Gilmore -Democratic Left- Dun Laoghaire 1992 GE November 3, 2010

From the 1992 General Election a leaflet from the then Democratic Left TD Eamon Gilmore running in Dun Laoghaire.
Some lovely slogans in ‘One of The Best‘ and ‘Make Sure Vote Gilmore‘.
We get details of how much Gilmore speaks in the Dail. The Leaflet also mentions that Gilmore ‘began the organisation of the first Peace Train‘.
(I had my doubts but here he is at the First Peace Train.)

We learn too that “He helped lead the campaign to reform his old party, and was one of the first to leave to form Democratic Left” (Should read to form New Agenda which became Democratic Left).
Gilmore was elected easily having polled 7,045 votes.


‘One man and his dog’ -Eamon Gilmore -Democratic Left -1997 GE Dun Laoghaire. September 8, 2010

One of my favourite Eamon Gilmore Leaflets. This one is from the 1997 General election when the then Minister of State for the Marine was running for the Democratic Left.
The casual picture of him walking the dog on the beach (Killiney beach?) to him purposefully strolling around the new ferry terminal in Dun Laoghaire.
There is also small pictures of him doing activities such as fishing and meeting people like Neil Kinnock.
The ‘NIREX dump’ refered to was a proposed underground nuclear waste dump near Sellafield.



Leaflet for Eamon Gilmore -Workers Party – 1989 General Election Dun Laoghaire July 21, 2010

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet for then Workers Party Councillor Eamon Gilmore. There is also a request to vote for Prionsias De Rossa in the European Elections that were held on the same day.
Gilmore was elected as The Workers Party won 7 seats (a gain of 3). De Rossa was elected also.



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