Irish Election Literature

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“Delivering For Galway” – Noel Grealish -2011 General Election Galway West December 16, 2011

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From the 2011 General Election a flyer from Independent TD Noel Grealish running in Galway West. Former PD TD Grealish was elected.


From 1977 “Support the Fianna Fail Plan for National Reconstruction” August 23, 2011

From the 1977 General Election an ad for Galway West Fianna Fail candidates Maire Geoghegan Quinn , Bobby Molloy, William Loughnane and Micheal O Morain with the headline “Support the Fianna Fail Plan for National Reconstruction”. The Plan is outlined with details under the headings of Jobs, Tax, Prices and Housing.
Via The Galway Advertiser Archive


From 1989 “Why we think you should vote for Michael D.” – Mick Lally, Emmet Bergin and Noel Browne June 20, 2011

From the 1989 General Election in Galway West an Ad for Michael D Higgins with endorsements from Mick Lally, Emmet Bergin and Noel Browne, “Why we think you should vote for Michael D.” A big thing then to be endorsed by two actors from Glenroe. In Ireland it is unusual to see public figures backing Dail candidates.
Michael D held on to his seat polling 7,727 votes.
In 1987 he had a similar ad with endorsements from Mary Coughlan, Mick Lally and Noel Browne.


Anti Rod Licence Ad from the 1989 General Election urging a vote for anti Rod Licence candidates. April 6, 2011

From the 1989 General Election an Ad from the Corrib Anglers and Boatmen against the controversial Rod Licence Legislation introduced by Fianna Fail. The Ad urges votes for  5 candidates who were against the Legislation.
In that 1989 Election, an Anti Rod Licence candidate, Frank Durcan ran in Mayo West polling a very respectable 5,187 votes.


Litir um Thoghchán -Vótáil #1 Niall Ó Brolcháin -Comhaontas Glas -Iar Gaillimh February 24, 2011

Litir um Thoghchán ó Niall Ó Brolcháin den Comhaontas Glas ag seasamh i Iar Gaillimh.



Stickers from Uinseann Holmes -Independent- Galway West February 22, 2011

Stickers from Galway West Independent  candidate Uinseann Holmes. It is his first time standing for Election.

His Website


Leaflet for Trevor O Clochartaigh- Sinn Fein-Galway West-2011 General Election February 2, 2011

From the 2011 General Election, a leaflet for Sinn Fein candidate Trevor Ó Clochartaigh running in Galway West. Ó Clochartaigh had previously stood for Labour in the 2004 Local Elections.
Many thanks to the sender



Leaflet in Irish for Frank Fahey-Fianna Fail -Galway West-2011 General Election February 1, 2011

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From the 2011 General Election Campaign a leaflet from Fianna Fail Galway West candidate Frank Fahey. The leaflet focuses on the Galway Bypass.
Many Thanks to the Sender



“The “Stroke” For Galway West” Vote 1 Michael Fahy -Independent FF -1987 General Election January 9, 2011

From the 1987 General Election an Ad for Independent Fianna Fail candidate Michael ‘Stroke’ Fahy.
The Slogan of “The “Stroke” For Galway West” is fairly eye catching.
I gather he failed to get a party nomination and ran as an Independent Fianna Fail candidate.
He later rejoined the party. He is perhaps most widely known for his Misappropriation conviction for which he served time in jail.
In the 1987 Election he polled 3,139 votes and missed out on a seat. He is still a Councillor having been reelected in 2009.
From the Galway Advertiser.


“Why We Think You Should Vote For Michael D.” -Mick Lally, Noel Browne, Mary Coughlan- 1987 GE January 8, 2011

Found this recently, an ad from the 1987 General Election Campaign with three people very much associated with Galway at the time, the late Mick Lally, the late Noel Browne and singer Mary Coughlan asking for a vote for Michael D.
“Why We Think You Should Vote For Michael D.”


Feb 1982-“The Coalition has taken away the right of YOUR child to enter this school at 4 years of age.Fianna Fail will Put This Right” January 7, 2011

An intriguing Fianna Fail ad from the February 1982 General Election with the message…
The Coalition has taken away the right of YOUR child to enter this school at 4 years of age. Fianna Fail will Put This Right
I’m not sure as to the background and what the coalition proposals about School going age were.
The ad asks for a vote for the Fianna Fail candidates in Galway West, Frank Fahey, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, Bobby Molloy, Mark Killilea and Nicholas O’Connor.
Taken from the wonderful Galway Advertiser site.


Dana Rosemary Scallon -Independent- 2002 General Election -Galway West December 18, 2010

From the 2002 General Election ads for Independent candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon running in Galway West.
Having polled well in the 1997 Presidential Election and been elected to the European Parliament in 1999, Dana was expected to poll well. However she polled just 1,677 votes in this 2002 election and failed to win a seat.



Liam Downes -The National Party -Galway West 1997 General Election. December 9, 2010

From the 1997 General Election an Ad for Liam Downes running for the National Party in Galway West, where he polled 959 votes and failed to win a seat.
The National Party was set up after Nora Bennis (who became Party Leader) polled surprisingly well in the 1994 European Elections running as an Independent.
From the Galway Advertiser.


Fine Gael Ad with message from Liam Cosgrave for Paul Connaughton, John Mannion -1975 Galway West and Galway North East by-elections November 23, 2010

From the 1975 Galway West and Galway North East by-elections an ad for Fine Gael candidates Paul Connaughton and John Mannion. Both by-elections were caused by the death of Fianna Fail TDs. The son of the Late Michael Kitt won the Galway North-East by-election for Fianna Fail, whilst the daughter of the Late John Geoghegan, Maire Geoghegan Quinn won the seat for Fianna Fail in Galway West.
We also have a great message from Liam Cosgrave extolling the virtues of the Government of the time. We learn that “The Government (a) removed the ceiling of 500 homes per aeriel imposed by the Fianna Fail government on cable television….”. Plenty of other good information from the time in the message too.
*Taken from the Galway Advertiser site.


Bobby Molloy, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, Frank Fahey, Nicholas O’Connor and Mark Killilea-Fianna Fail-Galway West Feb 82 November 12, 2010

From the February 1982 General Election an Ad for Fianna Fail and its Galway West candidates Bobby Molloy, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, Frank Fahey, Nicholas O’Connor and Mark Killilea. Running five candidates Fianna Fail won three seats.
Taken from the Galway Advertiser site.


Ad for Irene King -Aontacht Eireann -1973 GE Galway West October 26, 2010

From the 1973 General Election an Ad for Irene King the Aontacht Eireann candidate in Galway West. The Ad refers to a rally to be addressed by the late Kevin Boland. Its interesting that the Troubles or the North are not mentioned in the Ad. Instead its prices and benefits. I’ve also included a profile of the candidate which mentions the role of her Father in the war of Independence and Civil War as well as the impact of it. Irene King polled 416 votes.
Aontacht Éireann was founded in 1971 after Kevin Boland resigned from Fianna Fail in protest at the dismissal of Neil Blaney and Charles Haughey as well as Party Policy on The North. They Fielded 12 candidate (according to wikipedia) in the 1973 General Election but failed to win any seats. Boland resigned as leader in 1976 and the party was wound up in 1984.
Ad taken from the wonderful Galway Advertiser site.



Mary Duffy -Tax Reform League -1987 Galway West October 25, 2010

From the 1987 General Election an Ad for PAYE Tax Reform League candidate Mary Duffy running in Galway West. Duffy polled 862 votes.
The Tax Reform League stood in the 1987 General Election (I’m not sure if they were a registered party). Aside from Mary Duffy, they fielded at least 4 other candidates.
Mairead Duchon in Dublin South, who got 1253 votes,
Camella Cummins stood in Meath getting 636 votes.
Timothy Cahill stood in Dublin South Central and got 711 votes.
Patrick McKiernan stood in Cavan-Monaghan getting 1,868 votes.


Fidelma Healy Eames, Sean Kyne, Padraic McCormack -Fine Gael -2007 GE Galway West August 4, 2010

From the 2007 General Election a flyer for Fine Gael candidates Fidelma Healy Eames, Sean Kyne and Padraic McCormack running in Galway West.
Despite hopes of a second seat, Padraig McCormack was the only Fine Gael candidate Elected.



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