Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

“H-Block and its Background” 1980 pamphlet from Denis Faul and Raymond Murray August 10, 2017

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“H-Block and its Background” a pamphlet from Denis Faul and Raymond Murray. Its text had originally appeared in a 1980 edition of ‘Doctrine and Life’. I’ve scanned and uploaded the pamphlet in pdf format here


“Make H-Block The Issue!” -Vincent Doherty -Peoples Democracy- 1981 General Election -Dublin North Central. June 6, 2016

From the 1981 General Election a leaflet from Vincent Doherty of Peoples Democracy running in Dublin North Central which was Charles Haugheys constituencey. The leaflet also has a message of support from Bernadette McAliskey.  He polled 1481 votes and missed out on a seat.
Many thanks to the sender



Leaflets from Kevin Lynch- H-Block -1981 General Election -Waterford January 3, 2014

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From the 1981 General Election Leaflets from Hunger Striker Kevin Lynch who was running in Waterford. He polled 3,337 votes but failed to win a seat. He died on the 1st August 1981.
Many thanks to the sender



“Don’t Let More Prisoners Die In The Blocks” -June 1981 Leaflet from Cabra H-Block Group October 8, 2013

From late June 1981 a leaflet issued by the Dublin7/ Cabra H-Block Group “Don’t Let More Prisoners Die In The Blocks” .At this stage four of the Hunger Strikers had died. Bobby Sands, Kieran Doherty and Paddy Agnew had all been elected to The Dail or Westminster. The leaflet also advertises activities that were coming up.


1981 H Block/ Armagh Committee leaflet looking to build support among the Trade Union movement for the Hunger Strike. May 2, 2013

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From July 1981 (at which stage six of the Hunger Strikers had died) a leaflet from the H Block /Armagh Committee looking to build support among the Trade Union movement for the Hunger Strikers and their demands.


“To All GAA Fans… Support The Hunger Strikers” leaflet April 24, 2013

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From the 1981 Hunger Strike a leaflet “To All GAA Fans… Support The Hunger Strikers”. The leaflet give details of how the GAA Central Council had issued a directive that no support by any part of the GAA should be given to the H-Block Campaign as it  was ‘Party Political’ . The GAA had previously supported the Hunger Strikers five demands.



Hunger Strike Memorial card issued by The Royal Victoria Hospital Workers Against H-Block/Armagh October 17, 2012

A Hunger Strike Memorial card issued by The Royal Victoria Hospital Workers Against H-Block/Armagh.
Many thanks to the sender.



“Stand up to Britain -Vote McAllister -Vote the prisoners No. 1”- Tom McAllister -H Block -Clare 1981 General Election August 29, 2012

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From the 1981 General Election a poster for H-Block candidate Tom McAllister who was running in Clare. “Stand up to Britain -Vote T. McAllister -Vote the prisoners No. 1”
McAllister (an INLA prisoner) polled 2,120 votes.
Many thanks to the sender


1981 Leaflet calling for Irish Americans to Boycott British goods until “Britain restores full independence to the whole of Ireland” August 21, 2012

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From 1981, during the Hunger Strike ,a leaflet from the Manhattan Unit Publicity Committee of Northern Aid calling for Irish Americans to Boycott British goods until “Britain restores full independence to the whole of Ireland”.
The Leaflet also mentions the visit of Prince Charles and The Royal Ballet to New York .
Many thanks to the sender.


Joe McDonnell – H-Block -1981 General Election Sligo Leitrim. April 25, 2012

From the 1981 General Election an Ad for H-Block candidate Joe McDonnell who was running in Sligo-Leitrim. McDonnell narrowly missed out on a seat winning 5,639 votes.
He died on the 8th of July 1981 after 61 days on Hunger Strike. More details on McDonnell here.
The Ad has a profile of McDonnell, a message to voters from him and the Manifesto of the H-Block candidates.



“1981 Hunger Strike -19th Anniversary May 2000” -Leaflet with programme of events. November 20, 2011

From 2000 a leaflet outlining events to commemorate the “1981 Hunger Strike -19th Anniversary May 2000”.



Flyer for H-Block “Mass National Lobby and March” 22nd November 1980 September 28, 2011

A leaflet from the National H-Block Committee advertising a  “Mass National Lobby and March” in Dublin on the 22nd November 1980.
The Hunger strike of 1980 was the precursor to the 1981 Hunger Strike where ten men died. It began in Long Kesh in October 1980 with Brendan Hughes, Tom McFeeley, Sean McKenna, Leo Green, Tommy McKearney , Raymond McCartney and John Nixon all going on hunger strike for the 5 demands listed below.
Having received assurances that the five demands would be met on a phased basis the hunger strike was stopped on the 18th of December 1980. The assurances were not followed up upon and on the first of March 1981 the ‘second’ Hunger Strike began.


Card and leaflet from the Bobby Sands Trust September 23, 2011

A card and Leaflet produced by the Bobby Sands Trust. One giving details of the 30th Anniversary Hunger Strike exhibition that is available for tour.



Ad for Kieran Doherty -H-Block -Cavan Monaghan 1981 General Election August 2, 2011

From the 1981 General Election an ad for H-Block candidate Hunger Striker Kieran Doherty who was running in Cavan Monaghan. Doherty polled 9,121 votes and was elected. Another H-Block candidate Paddy Agnew was elected in Louth.
After 73 days on Hunger Strike, Doherty died on the 2nd of August 1981.


From 1980 -Hunger Strike Bulletin -Issue 2 -IRSP November 2, 2010

First off many thanks to the sender. I’m afraid, despite my best efforts, that its quite difficult to read in parts.
Its issue 2 of the IRSPs Hunger Strike Bulletin produced during the ‘First Hunger strike’ in 1980. The Hunger Strike began on October 27th 1980. Among the Seven initial Hunger Strikers was INLA member John Nixon.
This issue contains a letter from John Nixon and a diary of events for the period between the 26th of October and the 4th of November.
Issue one is posted HERE



’10 Reasons why YOU should join Ógra Shinn Féin’ August 21, 2010

A simple enough flyer from Ógra Shinn Féin with the line,
10 Reasons why YOU should join Ógra Shinn Féin‘ and pictures of the ten dead Hunger Strikers. They were Bobby Sands MP, Francis Hughes, Raymond McCreesh, Patsy O’Hara, Joe McDonnell, Martin Hurson, Kevin Lynch, Tom McElwee, Kieran Doherty TD and Mickey Devine.


Bobby Sands, Francis Hughes Badges August 2, 2010

A Bobby Sands and Francis Hughes Badge issued I presume around the time of the Hunger Strike in 1981.
There was much paraphernalia like this available at the time.
Also an Anti Nazi Badge.
Many thanks to the sender (who is also doing a sponsored cycle for Temple Street and sponsorship details are on his Blog).



John Turnly – Irish Independence Party -1979 Westminster Elections -North Antrim June 14, 2010

Many thanks to the Sender who notes…
“John Turnly, a Protestant Nationalist who started out as a councillor for the SDLP but left to help form the short lived Irish Independence Party which gathered up a lot of hitherto unused Republican votes but were sidelined when SF came back in to the fray.
Turnley was shot dead by the UDA a year later as he went to a meeting in Carnlough, a commemoration for him is till held there annually I believe.
He was very much involved in the H-Blocks campaign during the first strike, quite something for a Protestant living in Paisley’s constituency. He represented the Glens area which covered the current Moyle DC and part of Larne DC and had a Nationalist majority.”

*apologies for the size of the text
As its an interesting leaflet I have transcribed the text beneath each image.

Irish Independence Party
JOHN TURNLY was born in 1935 in the town of Ballycastle, in fact he is the only candidate in this election born in this constituency. He now lives on the family farm at Garronpoint close to the town of Carnlough. He has traveled widely and lived for several years in Japan working with various Japanese companies and organisations. In the last election held in the Constituency of North Antrim in 1975 he was elected to the Convention.
After that body’s dissolution in 1976 he continued to serve the people of North Antrim In an unpaid capacity as a Constituency Representative. In 1977 he was returned unopposed to Larne Council and is a member of the roads sub committee and the North Eastern Group Committee Building control Service. He figured prominently in the Campaign for the ending of internment and now favours the re-introduction Political Status pending an amnesty for those imprisoned as a result of the current upheavals.
Recently elected as Vice-Chairman of the Irish Independence Party, he is a strong advocate of complete British Withdrawal.



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