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Podcast – Independent Fianna Fáil (Blaney) October 1, 2020

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This episode tell the story of the Independent Fianna Fáil party founded by Neil T. Blaney after his expulsion from Fianna Fáil. It lasted from 1973 until 2006. There’s a background to Blaney , a brief bit on his career as a Minister, Blaneys time in Europe as well as the various elections the party fought.
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Leaflet from Michael and Danny Healy Rae – Independent -Kerry #GE2020 February 7, 2020

A Leaflet from Michael and Danny Healy Rae running as Independents in Kerry.
Many thanks to the sender.


Canvass Cards from Johnny Healy Rae -Independent – South and West Kerry -2014 Local Elections March 20, 2014

Two canvass cards from Councillor Johnny Healy Rae who is running in South and West Kerry for a seat on Kerry County Council.
He is the son of Danny Healy Rae.
Many thanks to the sender.




From 1997 Jackie Healy Rae ‘surfing the super info highway’ June 29, 2013

A lovely newspaper clip I was sent of Jackie Healy Rae ‘surfing the super info highway’ during the 1997 General Election campaign in Kerry South. Healy Rae was elected, topping the poll with 7,220 votes.
Many thanks to the sender


Leaflet from Dessie Larkin, Maureen McLaughlin-Independent Fianna Fail -Letterkenny -2004 Local Elections August 3, 2012

From the 2004 Local Elections a leaflet from Independent Fianna Fail candidates Dessie Larkin and Maureen McLaughlin running in Letterkenny. Larkin, now a Fianna Fail councillor, topped the poll with 1,736 votes whilst McLaughlin polled 573 votes and missed out on a seat.
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1997 Leaflet from Jackie Healy-Rae “Its time South Kerry had a voice to be heard in Dail Eireann” June 11, 2012

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Independent Fianna Fail candidate Jackie Healy-Rae a Farmer, Publican and holder of 3 county championship hurling medals.
In this 1997 General Election, after failing to get a Fianna Fail nomination, despite many years of service to the party, Healy-Rae ran as an Independent and caused a shock as he was elected polling 7,220 votes. He subsequently was one of the four Independents that supported the 1997 to 2002 Fianna Fail government.



2011 flyer from Jackie Healy-Rae and Constituency Secretary Michael Healy-Rae August 30, 2011

A flyer from Jackie Healy-Rae and Constituency Secretary Michael Healy-Rae produced in the run up to the 2011 General Election. Michael Healy-Rae won the seat vacated by his father.



Michael Healy Rae 2011 General Election Broadcast June 28, 2011

From the 2011 General Election an Election Broadcast from Michael Healy-Rae who was running in Kerry South.


leaflet from Colm McGrath -Independent – Clondalkin 2004 Local Elections June 15, 2011

From the 2004 Local Elections a flyer from Independent candidate Colm McGrath running in Clondalkin. McGrath a former Fianna Fail councillor and General Election candidate, was deselected by Fianna Fail for the 1999 Local Elections and was elected as an independent. In this 2004 Election he polled 861 votes and lost his seat.
He ran again in the 2011 General Election polling just 253 votes.
In 2010 he along with other former Fianna Fail councillors Don Lydon, Sean Gilbride and Tony Fox were charged with corruption.



Sample Ballot paper from Independent Fianna Fail (Blaney) -1985 Local Elections Letterkenny UDC May 17, 2011

From the 1985 Local Elections a sample Ballot paper issued by Independent Fianna Fail for Letterkenny UDC. The candidates were Tadhg Culbert, James Larkin, Hugh Dorrian and Jim Lynch. (A leaflet from them with details of the candidates is posted here)
Of the other Non Party candidates Patrick J Blake, Charles Grant and Sean Maloney ran for The Community Party, whilst James Devenney ran for the Donegal Progressive Party which attracted a Protestant vote.


“Blaney For Europe” ads- Neil Blaney-1979 European Elections March 10, 2011

From the 1979 European Elections ads from The Galway Advertiser for Independent Fianna Fail candidate Neil Blaney running in Connaught Ulster.
“The EEC has failed to deliver on the promises made when you voted Yes to entry 7 years ago” writes Blaney giving details on faults from Potato marketing policy to The Regional Fund.
Blaney topped the poll and was elected on the first count.



Flyer for John Foley -Independent -Laois Offaly 2011 GE March 4, 2011

From the 2011 General Election campaign a flyer for John Foley who was running as an Independent in Laois Offaly . A former Fianna Fail councillor and General Election candidate, the Edenderry based Foley jumped ship to run as an Independent.



Leaflet from Tom Fleming -Independent -Kerry South 2011 GE February 28, 2011

A leaflet from newly elected TD for Kerry South Tom Fleming. Fleming a former Fianna Fail councillor and General Election candidate (his record at resigned to run as an Independent in January.




“In these serious times you need a serious candidate …..” – Michael Healy-Rae -Independent -Kerry South 2011 GE February 24, 2011

From the 2011 General Election a Leaflet from Michael Healy-Rae running in Kerry South where he his hoping to hold on to his fathers seat.
Healy Rae writes…. “In these serious times you need a serious candidate …..”



Now with extra glint in the glasses …Mattie McGrath “Getting the Work Done” -Independent -Tipperary South February 21, 2011

A 2011 General Election Flyer from Independent ex Fianna Fail candidate Mattie McGrath running in Tipperary South/West Waterford. Matties slogan is “Getting the Work Done” and the sunglasses are getting darker and even have a glint in them.
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.


Dessie Larkin , Peter Patton -Independent Fianna Fail -2004 Letterkenny Town Council September 9, 2010

From the 2004 Local Elections a leaflet for Independent Fianna Fail candidates for Letterkenny Town Council Dessie Larkin and Peter Patton. Dessie Larkin was elected but Peter Patton missed out.
Dessie Larkin is the son of former Independent Fianna Fail Senator James Larkin (1985 Leaflet here).
The aims and objectives of the party are fairly good. There’s little or no mention of the British presence in the North which was a mainstay of their early policies until the peace process.



Michael Healy-Rae -Independent Fianna Fail -2009 Local Elections Killorglin April 9, 2010

From the 2009 Local Elections in Kerry. Poll topper in Killorglin LEA, Michael Healy-Rae, son of the sitting TD Jackie Healy-Rae.
‘I earnestly ask for your NO 1 VOTE Please -or you next highest preference’ writes Michael.
The thing that also strikes me about the leaflet is that when reading it I can hear Michael Healy-Raes voice saying most of the text.
I also see that Michael is a member of the HSE.



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