Irish Election Literature

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Jane Dillion Byrne, Eric Doyle, Jack Loughran, Philip Murphy -Labour Party -1985 Local elections Dun Laoghaire April 9, 2010

From the 1985 Local Elections in the Dun Laoghaire LEA. Labour Party candidates Jane Dillion Byrne, Eric Doyle, Jack Loughran and Philip Murphy. I think only Jane Dillion Byrne (who taught me to swim many many moons ago) was elected.
Lots here too in the profiles of the candidates showing the local issues of the time and some reminders of times past.
Jane Dillion Byrne was a founder member of Amnesty International in ireland.
Eric Doyle was educated at the long closed CBS Eblana Avenue (Ronnie Drew was another past pupil).
Jack Loughran had fought for Dun Laoghaire harbour to be under democratic control and developed for all.
Philip Murphy campaigned against payment of compensation by Local Authorities to disappointed developers.



ACRA letter regarding ‘Local Government Service Surcharge’ 1985 Local Elections November 9, 2009

Letter from ACRA to householders in the Dun Laoghaire area during the 1985 local elections campaign.
Already only Eight years after Domestic Rates had been abolished by the 1977 Jack Lynch government, Local authorities were looking for ways to supplement their income.
Fianna Fail opposed the Local Government Service surcharge, Labour were split and Fine Gael proposed it!
Tony O’Toole, who signed the leaflet is/was very active in the movement to abolishing ground rents.

I’m curious if the Philip Gillick listed is the same Philip Gillick who was Justice Floods Tipstaff?
It would be an interesting coincidence, especially considering who and what was being investigated.


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