Irish Election Literature

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Leaflet from Garret Fitzgerald, Joe Doyle, Willie Egan -Fine Gael- Dublin South East- 1987 General Election May 19, 2011


From the 1987 General Election a leaflet from outgoing Taoiseach , the late Garret Fitzgerald, the late Joe Doyle and Willie Egan running for Fine Gael in Dublin South East.
After five years in government, the Slogan for the election was “We’ve done the Groundwork -Now Let’s Build the Nation”.
Fitzgerald topped the poll but was unable to bring in either of his running mates as Joe Doyle lost his seat.

Garret Fitzgerald

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Garret Fitzgerald letter of retirement to constituents 1992


The Late Garret Fitzgerald writes thanking ‘all who have supported me in the eight general elections since 1969 in Dublin South East’.
He also asks for a number one vote for Frances Fitzgerald and number 2 for Joe Doyle.
In the end Frances Fitzgerald got in, but the second Fine Gael Seat was lost to Michael McDowell.
*Had posted this previously

 

‘Let The Country Win’ -Fine Gael poster from the 1981 General Election October 5, 2010


First off many thanks to the sender, who dusted this off to photograph it.
From the 1981 General Election a Fine Gael poster with a picture of Garret Fitzgerald and the slogan ‘Let The Country Win’.
Fitzgerald became Taoiseach after the election although the Government only lasted until February 1982.

 

Garret Fitzgerald Letter urging a vote for Mary Banotti- 1989 European Elections April 29, 2010


From the 1989 European Elections campaign a letter from Garret Fitzgerald asking voters to vote for Mary Banotti. He also, in what looks like an afterthought asks for a vote for Chris O’Malley (O’Malley had been co-opted as an MEP in 1986 to replace Richie Ryan who had taken a role with the European Court of Auditors).
Mary Banotti had been elected an MEP in 1984, according to the letter she was fluent in French and Italian. Banotti was another former RTE person who had entered politics. She was too Fine Gael blue blood in that Michael Collins was her Grand Uncle. She was also sister of Nora Owen.
Garret Fitzgerald had resigned as leader of Fine Gael two years previously, I think this letter was to constituents in Dublin South East.
In the 1989 European Elections,Mary Banotti held her seat and Chris O’Malley lost his.

 

Eithne Fitzgerald -Labour Party -Dublin South 1992 General Election April 16, 2010


From the 1992 General Election in Dublin South, Labour Party Candidate Eithne Fitzgerald. In the Spring Tide She topped the poll with 17,256 votes , 28.94% of the vote with almost a surplus to spare.
It was Eithne Fitzgeralds fifth attempt at winning a Dail Seat. She lost her seat in 1997 and failed to regain it in 2002.
In her Dail term, She served as minister of State  at the Department of Finance, before moving to Minister of State at the Office of the Tánaiste and Minister of State at the Department of Enterprise and Employment.
She is married to John Fitzgerald son of former Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald.

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Booklet for Attendees at 1985 Fine Gael Ard Fheis in Cork. April 1, 2010


From the 1985 Fine Gael Ard Fheis held in Cork. Which was located in Cork to complement the Cork 800 celebrations.
This is the booklet delegates were sent prior to the event (or indeed at the event). I also have a copy of the pack on Motions and policies debated at the Ard Fheis but it is rather large.
In 1985 Fine Gael were in Government.
Some lovely things here. The Neptune Stadium is ‘at most a 20 minute walk’ from City Hall is a bit like all these new estates that were described on the blurb as ’20 minutes from Dublin’.
Extra Pay Phones were installed for the event. The ‘Bed Bureau for delegates’ run by the Cork Kerry Tourism Organisation almost sound dirty.
We have a map of Cork with the one way system marked by arrows and looking very confusing. The Social events included a fashion of the time a ‘Chicken supper’.
The now deceased delegate who gave me this, had ticked off the events they wanted to attend. There were then lists of the panels for election to The National Executive. With the last pages being taken up by amendments to Fine Gael Constitution and Rules.

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Garret Fitzgerald letter of retirement to constituents 1992. November 6, 2009


Garret writes thanking ‘all who have supported me in the eight general elections since 1969 in Dublin South East’.
He also asks for a number one vote for Frances Fitzgerald and number 2 for Joe Doyle.
In the end Frances Fitzgerald got in, but the second Fine Gael Seat was lost to Michael McDowell.

 

 
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