Irish Election Literature

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Two Leaflets from the 1917 East Clare By-Election won by Eamon De Valera June 6, 2018

Two leaflets for Eamon De Valera from the Historic 1917 East Clare by election. Interesting also in that it was one of the very last votes in Ireland with a male only franchise.



Comic Book leaflet from the Belgian CDH September 15, 2014

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Something unusual here that may be of interest. A leaflet from the Belgian Centrist Party CDH entirely done as a comic book. Although Cartoons regularly feature in Irish Election material I’ve only once seen a comic strip which was in A Sinn Fein leaflet.
Many thanks to the sender who notes

“It’s from the recent elections here. I particularly like the two candidates holding shields fighting against privatisation.”




Leaflet and poster for Barry Desmond, Jack Loughran -Labour -Dun Laoghaire -1977 General Election June 1, 2014

From the 1977 General Election a pre polling ‘Thank You’ leaflet to voters from Labour Dun Laoghaire candidates Jack Loughran and Barry Desmond. I have also included a picture of one of their posters. Barry Desmond was elected.
Many thanks to the sender.



Leaflet from the ‘Labour Campaign Store’ with price list for all types of election material (jackets, pens, frisbees, badges etc) August 27, 2013

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I thought this might be of interest and indicate some of the possible costs of an election campaign. Its a leaflet from the ‘Labour Campaign Store’ with a price list and order form for all types of election material like jackets, pens, frisbees, badges and so on.
Many thanks to the sender.



1983 Dublin Central By-Election leaflet from Christy Burke- Sinn Fein- mentions section 31, Water Rates and more January 12, 2013

From the 1983 Dublin Central By-Election, caused by the death of George Colley a leaflet from Sinn Fein candidate Christy Burke. Amongst the issues raised in the leaflet are Section 31, Water Rates, TDs Pay and pensions.


A ‘Vote Fine Gael’ Sticker from the 1981 General Election November 15, 2012

From the 1981 General Election A ‘Vote Fine Gael’ Sticker .


A Vote No. 1 Nail File from Fianna Fails Dick Roche November 9, 2012

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This has to be one of the oddest pieces of election ephemera I’ve come across. A nail file from Fianna Fails Dick Roche.
Dick Roche is running for Vice President of the ELDR and is incumbent.
many thanks to the sender.


Niall Andrews, Eileen Lemass, Jim Tunney -Fianna Fail -1984 European Elections -Dublin August 15, 2012

From the 1984 European Elections a leaflet from Fianna Fail Dublin candidates Niall Andrews, Eileen Lemass and Jim Tunney. Lemass and Andrews were elected.



Sinn Fein Election Manifesto -Westminster Elections 1955 August 11, 2012

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From the 1955 Westminster Elections a single page manifesto from Sinn Fein. Sinn Fein stood 12 candidates of which two, Tom Mitchell and Philip Clarke were elected.
Many thanks to the sender.


“Which? Vote for de Valera, a Felon of our land.” – Eamon De Valera Poster from the 1917 East Clare By Election July 25, 2012

Via the Limerick City Museum Site …. (credit to Brian Hodkinson, Museum Curator) , a wonderful 1917 East Clare bye election poster for Eamon De Valera.

Which? Vote for de Valera, a Felon of our land.The two candidates in the 1917 East Clare bye election depicted as prisoner and prosecutor. de Valera in Volunteer uniform, stands in the dock as prosecutor Lynch points to him while a judge in a top hat writes out a death sentence. Printed on one side only.


From 1969 a list of ITGWU members standing for Labour July 4, 2012

From the 1969 General Election, the ITGWU advertise the Labour candidates standing in the election that were members of the union. There were 32 ITGWU members listed , amongst them Conor Cruise O’Brien, David Thornley, Dan Spring and Brendan Corish.


From 1948 -“For Your Child’s Sake …. Vote Fine Gael” July 2, 2012

from the 1948 General Election Campaign “For Your Child’s Sake …. Vote Fine Gael”.
“Under a Fine Gael Government the children’s welfare will be put first”


Flyer from Michael Donnelly, Mary Hanafin, Derek Mooney -Fianna Fail -1991 Local Elections-Rathmines June 27, 2012

From the 1991 Local Elections a flyer for Fianna Fail candidates Michael Donnelly, Mary Hanafin and Derek Mooney who were running in Rathmines. Michael Donnelly topped the poll with 1,985 votes whilst Mary Hanafin polled 1,083 votes and lost the seat she had won in 1985. Derek Mooney polled 309 votes and also missed out. (Result here)
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Flyer from Brian Lenihan -Fianna Fail -1996 Dublin West By Election June 25, 2012

From the 1996 Dublin West By-election a flyer for the late Brian Lenihan Junior. The by-election took place due to the death of Brian Lenihan Senior. It was the then 36 year old Brian Lenihan Juniors first electoral outing and he won the seat polling 6,995 votes and topping the poll. He held the seat until his passing on the 10th of June 2011.
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Gerard Brady, Seamus Kenny, Pól Mac Murchú and Noirin Slattery- Fianna Fail 1979 Local Elections Area 9 Dublin

From the 1979 Local Elections a leaflet for Gerard Brady, Seamus Kenny, Pól Mac Murchú and Noirin Slattery who were running for Fianna Fail in area 9 (Rathfarnham/Rathmines) for seats on Dublin Corporation.
Gerard Brady was the only Fianna Fail candidate elected polling 2789 votes, MacMhurchú polled 896 votes, Slattery 545 votes and Kenny 404 votes.
The result and other local election results are available here in excel format

The highlights from the Fianna Fail local elections manifesto are also included. Amongst them ‘Building Societies have been told to redirect more funds to first time buyers’ and “A fireplace provided for all tenants in Local Authorities housing”



1987 leaflet from Michael Noonan , Tom O’Donnell -Fine Gael -Limerick East June 10, 2012

From the 1987 General Election a leaflet from Fine Gael candidates Michael Noonan and Tom O’Donnell. With a huge PD vote in Limerick, Noonan held on to the seat he first one in 1981, whilst O’Donnell lost the seat he had held since 1961.
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1979 leaflet for Fine Gael candidates Michael McDowell, Joe Doyle, Tommy Woods and Finola Gill June 9, 2012

From the 1979 Local Elections a leaflet for Fine Gael candidates Michael McDowell, Joe Doyle, Tommy Woods and Finola Gill (who later married John Bruton). Joe Doyle was elected. McDowell polled 1271 votes, Gill 960 and Woods 497.
McDowell was later a founder member and became leader of The Progressive Democrats.
Old Local Election Results uploaded in excel form here



Leaflet from Declan Ganley -Libertas -2009 European Elections -North West April 27, 2012

From the 2009 European Elections a leaflet from Libertas leader Declan Ganley who was running in the North West Constituency. Ganley polled 67,638 votes and missed out on a seat.



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