Irish Election Literature

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Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichil -Labour Party -2004 Local Elections Crumlin-Kimmage April 9, 2010

From the 2004 Local Elections in the Crumlin-Kimmage ward, Labour Party candidate Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichil. Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichil was Eric Byrnes running mate and failed to win a seat.
Gearóid Ó Maoilmhichil is now the National Children’s Officer of the GAA.



Lorcan McMahon -Fine Gael- 2009 LE Blessington April 1, 2010

From the 2009 Local Elections in Blessington, Fine Gael candidate Lorcan McMahon. Despite polling well Lorcan McMahon failed to get in.



Batt O’Keefe -Fianna Fail -Cork South Central 1992 General Election. March 31, 2010

From 1992 Fianna Fail candidate Batt O’Keefe running in Cork South Central. Batt O’Keefe was re-elected having lost his seat in 1989  and has held it ever since.. He had been elected on this his first attempt at the Dail in 1987.
In 2004 Bat O’Keefe was appointed Junior Minister at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government. In 2008 Brian Cowen appointed him as Minister for Education and Science and in 2010 he was appointed Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation.
He played in the half forward line in Corks Munster Under 21 winning Gaelic Football team of 1965.


Sean Kelly -Fine Gael -2009 European Elections- South (Munster) March 30, 2010

From the 2009 European elections in Munster, Fine Gael candidate, the former President of the GAA Sean Kelly. Sean Kelly polled well and was elected.
As Uachtarán of Cumann Luthchleas Gael Sean Kelly credited himself with the opening on Croke Park to Soccer and Rugby.
This leaflet is Kerry centric with testaments from Jimmy Deenihan, Tom Sheehan and Senator Paul Coughlan



Graham Geraghty -Fine Gael -2007 GE Meath West March 26, 2010

From the 2007 General Election, Meath footballing legend Graham Geraghty running for Fine Gael in Meath West.
It was a suprise to many when he won a nomination, especially as it meant Fine Gael running 3 candidates in a 3 seat constituency. Geraghtys running mates were Damien English and Peter Higgins. Damien English was elected.
Graham Geraghty polled 1284 votes.



George Lee as a Team Player….in 1981! February 11, 2010

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Found this clipping and given the criticism of George Lee that he wasn’t a ‘Team Player’ , here he is in 1981 on the Ballyboden St Endas Junior Football team!


Shane Cassells -Fianna Fail -2005 Meath By-Election January 30, 2010

Navan based Fianna Fail Councillor Shane Cassells from the 2005 Meath by-election. Cassells lost out to Fine Gaels Shane McEntee in the by-election.
There have been strong rumours that he may be joining Labour. His uncle Peter Cassells (ex General Secretary of the ICTU) stood for Labour in the 2004 European Elections.

Shane Cassells



Sean Quirke -Progressive Democrat -Enniscorthy 2004 LE January 13, 2010

Sean Quirke PD candidate in Enniscorthy in the 2004 Local Elections. Despite an excellent GAA pedigree (Chairman of the Wexford County Board and member of Oylegate/Glenbrien) and some other impressive community activity such as helping in pilgrimages to Lourdes and being involved with the Irish Rural Dwellers Association,  Sean failed to get in.
Amongst his priorities was ‘Ensuring decentralisation is delivered to Enniscorthy’. Theres a message too from Tom Parlon, Minister for OPW, complimenting Sean.



Tony Dempsey- Fianna Fail- Wexford 2002 December 24, 2009

Former Wexford Hurling manager Tony Dempsey when he ran successfully in the 2002 General Election.
He invokes the specialness of being a Wexfordian, a heritage those of us outside Wexford tend to forget about.



Euro 2004- Seamus Kirk mock GAA Programme. September 15, 2009

6th of June 2004 outside Croke Park… Westmeath are playing Dublin and Kildare play Wexford. Seamus Kirk and his team give out mock programmes. The Kildare and Westmeath lineups are listed as well as a message from Seamus in the middle, with a play on a slogan used by the Bank Of Ireland in its GAA themed ads.

Seamus uses the leaflet to copy an article from the Sunday Independent which tells the reader of his political career, his triumph over adversity and his GAA pedigree both on and off the field. You would do well to have something more tailored to your potential audience.

It’s very clever too as it covers a team from both matches and may well be looked at for the afternoon. Given that Westmeath beat Dublin that day (on their way to their first ever Leinster title), it may well have been held on to by a few Westmeath fans. Sport is theme used by many politicians to try to get the voter interested. (more on that another day).

You may also notice that the leaflet is printed by BCR press. (On the List of TDs expenses at    BCR  contribute over €10,000 to Fianna Fail Meath TDs  Noel Dempsey and Johnny Brady).



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