Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Sean Crowe Leaflet -Sinn Fein-1999 European Elections Dublin October 26, 2010

From the 1999 European Elections a leaflet for Sinn Fein candidate Sean Crowe. Crowe Polled 18,633 votes and was never in the running for a seat.



“My Contract with The Northside” -Helen Lahert -Democratic Left -1997 Election Dublin North Central October 19, 2010

From the 1997 General Election a Leaflet for Democratic Left candidate Helen Lahert running in Dublin North Central. She polled 1,194 votes and failed to win a seat. She had also stood in 1992.
In the leaflet she outlines her ‘Contract with The Northside’ which included the founding of a ‘Northside Taskforce‘. There was also a “Ten Point Plan For A Better Northside“.
The Democratic Left was part of the Rainbow Coalition, interestingly enough she asks for a number 2 for Labours Derek McDowell and vote 3 an FG candidate of your choice.
Helen Lahert



Leaflet for Mick Barry -Socialist Party -Cork North Central 2007 GE October 18, 2010

From the 2007 General Election a leaflet for Socialist Party candidate Mick Barry running in Cork North Central.
Barry who had topped the poll in the 2004 Local Elections, polled 1,700 votes. He again topped the poll in the 2009 Local Elections and is seen as an outside chance for a seat at the next General Election.

Mick Barry



Leaflet for Richard Conroy -Fianna Fail- 1987 General Election Dun Laoghaire. October 16, 2010

From the run up to the 1987 General Election a Leaflet with Calendar and New Years Message from Fianna Fail Dun Laoghaire candidate Richard Conroy. Conroy had four previous attempts running for Fianna Fail in General Elections and had failed to win a seat. Here in 1987 he polled 2897 votes and again missed out. (His record at
Conroy is founder and director of Conroy Diamonds and Gold, a mining and exploration company as well as Conroy Petroleum.



including “A message of support from Paul McGrath” -Victor Boyhan -Independent -Blackrock 2009 LE October 8, 2010

From the 2009 Local Elections in Blackrock an election leaflet from Independent candidate (and former PD councillor) Victor Boyhan. Interestingly, a page of it is taken up with a message of support from Paul McGrath. McGrath and Boyhan spent many years together in the “Birds Nest” home on York Road in Dun Laoghaire and later down in Monkstown.
In McGraths acclaimed book “Back from the Brink” Victor Boyhan gets a number of mentions. Including “…he became one of the most outspoken voices in ensuring that Smyly Trust Homes would be covered under the State Redress Scheme, investigating the abuse of children.
Boyhan who lost his seat in 2004 regained it here in 2009.



Ruairi Quinn Leaflet -1992 General Election -Dublin South East September 29, 2010

From the 1992 General Election a leaflet from Labour candidate in Dublin South East Ruairi Quinn. Quinn polled 10,381 votes and was elected on the first count with well over a quota.
On the front of the leaflet is Ruairi Quinn with Dick Spring and a nice message from Spring.
On the inside is a critique of the FF/PD government. There were 300,000 unemployed. Major Property Owners and farmers were amongst those that Labour wanted to pay their ‘Fair Share’ in Tax.



Dermot Kelly -Fine Gael -Athlone 2009 LE September 28, 2010

From the 2009 Local Elections for Roscommon County Council a flyer for Fine Gael candidate Dermot Kelly running in Athlone. Despite polling 555 votes he failed to win a seat.



Paddy Madigan -Fianna Fail -1991 Local Elections- Blackrock September 7, 2010

From the 1991 Local Elections in the Blackrock Ward a leaflet for Fianna Fail candidate Paddy Madigan. Madigan was elected.
Madigan subsequently left Fianna Fail and stood as an Independent in the 1994 European Elections and 1997 General Election.
Note his high court challenge against the Property Tax. …. Paddy Madigan is a great grand nephew of Mayo man James Daly,  a co-founder of the Land League with Michael Davitt. Daly was appointed the first secretary of the Land League in 1879.
James Daly on Wikipedia



‘A Voice For Donnybrook’ -Tom Crilly, Angie Murphy -Workers Party- 1991 Local Elections August 25, 2010

From the 1991 Local Elections a Leaflet from Workers Party Candidates Tom Crilly and Angie Murphy running in the Pembroke Ward. Crilly polled 486 votes and Murphy polled 321 votes, neither were elected.
The leaflet is interesting in that it is very Green and in some respects ahead of the Greens at the time. For instance regarding water
“... We have campaigned for improved water catchment process, an integrated reservoir system, upgrading of mains…
Amongst other items mentioned are Smokeless coal, Tenants rights and the lack of recycling facilities.
We also learn that ‘the average house price in Dublin is a staggering £63,000‘.



“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.



John Gilligan – Independent -2009 LE Limerick July 25, 2010

From the 2009 Local Elections in Limerick a leaflet for Independent candidate John Gilligan.
A former Lord Mayor of Limerick, Gilligan was first elected to the council in 1991. He has been an outspoken critic of the gangs in the City and has played a prominent role in protests against them.



Lorcan Mooney -Fianna Fail -2004 LE Blackrock July 19, 2010

From the 2004 Local Elections a leaflet for Fianna Fail candidate Lorcan Mooney. Despite polling 1,083 votes Mooney failed to get in.



Mick Murphy Manifesto -Socialist Party – Dublin South West 2002 General Election July 6, 2010

From 2002 The Socialist Party Manifesto from candidate Mick Murphy running in Dublin South West. Despite high hopes (having polled over 2000 votes in 1997) Murphy polled 954 votes.



Tony Flannery- Sinn Fein -Dublin Mid West 2002 GE July 5, 2010

From the 2002 General Election a leaflet from Sinn Fein Candidate Tony Flannery running in Dublin Mid West. He polled 1,855 votes.
There is a confidence in the message from Gerry Adams that Sinn Fein were about to make a massive breakthrough. They won 5 seats in 2002, a gain of 4.


Ian Paisley Junior Election Leaflet that the TUVs Jim Allister tried to get banned April 14, 2010

This is the Ian Paisley Junior Election Leaflet that the TUVs Jim Allister tried to ban. Many thanks to the person that forwarded it on to me.
Jim Allister took Ian Paisley Jnr to court over the attacks on Allister in the leaflet.
It appears Allister took offence at the reference to legal aid fees earned whilst serving as an MEP.
and then Paisley Junior after all the allegations writes…
I have no intention of engaging in the personal petty childish and hateful politics in which Jim Allister wants to frame this election.
Looking at this TUV Leaflet it appears the fight will be dirty.



Loughlin Deegan, Michael Donnelly- Fianna Fail -Rathmines 1999 Local Elections February 10, 2010

From the 1999 local elections in Rathmines ward. A flyer for Fianna Fail Candidates Loughlin Deegan and Michael Donnelly.
Loughlin Deegan a former President of the UCD students Union,
Michael Donnelly a former Lord Mayor and long serving councillor.
Michael Donnelly was elected.


Jimmy Hogan -Workers Party -Greystones TC 1985 December 7, 2009

A simple flyer from Jimmy Hogan for the 1985 Greystones Town Commission Elections. He also stood in the 1991 Local Elections for the Workers Party.


Jim Fitzsimons , Paddy Lalor -Fianna Fail Leinster 1989 Euro Elections. November 9, 2009

In 1989 both the General and European Elections were held on the same day.
Both Lalor and Fitzsimons were elected here as Fianna Fail held its 2 seats, despite a drop in the Fianna Fail vote since the 1984 Euro Elections.

Laoisman Paddy Lalor, previously a TD for Laois-Offaly since 1961 had been elected to the European Parliament in 1979. Lalor, in his time, had served as a Minister for Posts & Telegraphs and Industry and Commerce.This 1989 election was to be his last. Lalor was a noted hurler and was part of the 1949 Laois team that won the Bob O’Keeffe Cup (Leinster title).

Meathman Jim Fitzsimons, who had briefly been a Minister of State in 1982, had been elected to the Dail in 1977. He stood in four European Elections from 1984 to 1999.




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