Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

“Public Health Versus Private Wealth” -The Workers’ Party 1987 January 17, 2021

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From 1987 a Health Policy a 30 page document produced by The Workers’ Party entitled “Public Health Versus Private Wealth”


From 2005 – “Action on Health: Mary Harney’s 10 Point Plan for Accident and Emergency” September 28, 2012

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From 2005 a 2 page document “Action on Health: Mary Harney’s 10 Point Plan for Accident and Emergency”.



From the 2007 General Election Brian Lenihans ‘Health’ Newsletter November 5, 2010

From March 2007 a newsletter from the then Minister for Children Brian Lenihan. The subject of the newsletter is Health and the advances in facilities in Dublin West.
These days it’s unusual to see him so delighted with spending money on anything.



Mary Harney -Progessive Democrats -1992 Dublin South West October 20, 2010

From the 1992 General Election a leaflet for Progressive Democrat candidate Mary Harney running in Dublin South West. The outgoing Minister of State for Environmental Protection (during which she famously banned Smokey Coal in Dublin) was comfortably elected. (Her record at
Although they didn’t get into Government again until 1997, The PDs Priorities included “A better run, patient friendly Health Service.”
The Leaflet also refers to the Culliton Report which was “a report to the Republic’s Minister for Industry and Commerce by the Industrial Policy Review Group (chaired by Jim Culliton). Entitled A Time for Change: Industrial Policy for the 1990s, the report called for a broader approach to formulating policy for industry and made recommendations on a wide range of relevant public policy areas, including taxation, infrastructure, education, training, science, and technology. It also recommended reducing reliance on industrial grants, a greater emphasis on fostering clusters of related industries, greater commitment to developing Irish indigenous industry, and reformed institutional structures for industrial policy.”*quote from the ESRI



“Another Year… Another Excuse -An Analysis of Mary Harney’s First Year as Health Minister”- Labour 2005

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From October 2005 a document issued by then Labour Party Health Spokesperson Liz McManus entitled “Another Year… Another Excuse -An Analysis of Mary Harney’s First Year as Health Minister
A&E, Primary Care, MRSA, the HSE and the NTPF are amongst the issues covered. I’ve uploaded it in *.pdf HERE or else click on the imaage to launch it.


Save Saint Luke’s Cancer Hospital Campaign Leaflet September 10, 2010

A recent leaflet issued by the Save Saint Luke’s Cancer Hospital Campaign.
Minister Harney announced in 2005 that St James’ Hospital would be the southside centre of excellence with the consequence that down the line St Luke’s would close.
In 2006, St Luke’s patient Joe Guilfoyle started a national campaign to save St Luke’s which quickly gathered members all over Ireland.
Supporters of the campaign are encouraged to meet their local Fianna Fail or Green TD to discuss the issue.
At Present St Luke’s is due to be wound down and closed in 2014.
The campaign is not affiliated to any political party.

Save Saint Lukes on Facebook
Save Saint Lukes on Twitter

Many thanks to the campaign for sending me this.




A 2007 Fiona O’Malley leaflet praising Mary Harneys record in Health September 2, 2010

From the 2007 General Election in Dun Laoghaire, a leaflet from Progressive Democrat candidate Fiona O’Malley praising the performance of Mary Harney in Health.
Fiona, the daughter of former Minister and PD leader Des O’Malley, polled 3,959 votes and lost her seat.
In 2007 she was one of the Taoiseachs nominees to the Seanad.


Paula McNamara -Roscommon Hospital Action Committee-Mid Roscommon 2009 LE July 17, 2010

From the 2009 Local Elections a leaflet for Roscommon Hospital Action Committee candidate Paula McNamara. She was comfortably elected.
The HAC came to national prominence in 1987 when their candidate Eithne Quinn polled over 4000 votes. Two years later in 1989 Tom Foxe was elected to the Dail and he held his seat until 1997.
In 2002 Una Quinn stood and in 2007 Independent candidate John Kelly ( who recently joined Labour) stood with the endorsement of the HAC.
They have held council seats in Roscommon for over 20 years.



Cancer Awareness Information Leaflet from Fianna Fail TD Noel O’Flynn July 9, 2010

A Cancer Awareness Information Leaflet from Fianna Fail TD for Cork North Central Noel O’Flynn.
A surely worthy venture from O’Flynn.
He writes….
Over a number of years, I have lost both family and friends to Cancer.
There is not a household in the country, which has escaped this scourge in some shape or form.
In this leaflet I hope to outline and make people aware of various types of Cancer that have affected many people of this country.
My soul purpose for this Newsletter is to heighten awareness and extend useful information and also provided information with regards to support groups for this terrible illness..

Many thanks to the sender.



‘Some might say this is the best Government we’ve ever had?’ -PAM-1991 Local Elections May 10, 2010

”Some might say this is the best Government we’ve ever had?’
-But not if you have a Mental handicap’

A  leaflet produced by PAM (Parents Association for People with a Mental Handicap) for the 1991 Local election campaign asking voters to ask candidates and canvassers what they had done to end the crisis.



Tom Foxe- Roscommon Hospital Action Committee Flyer from Roscommon 1989 December 12, 2009

From the 1989 General Election where Tom Foxe of the Roscommon Hospital Action Committee was elected. Roscommon Hospital Action Committee had a number of councillors elected in 2009, so twenty years on its still an issue.
The leaflet is printed in the Roscommon colours.


Roscommon Hospital Action Committee -Tom Foxe 1989 September 17, 2009

The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee (H.A.C.) was founded in 1977 and still has a number of councillors (Paula McNamara and Valerie Byrne) in Roscommon today.  Eithne Quinn stood for the HAC in the 1987 General Election but failed to be elected.  However in 1989 Tom Foxe stood for the HAC and was elected. Below some of his literature from that election.  (I have some of his later literature also). He was re-elected for the new constituency on Longford-Roscommon in 1992, however lost his seat in 1997.

Aside from the Hospital issue the Leaflet illustrates some of the issues in the West at the time.



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