Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Leaflet from Colly McLaughlin -IRSP -Foyle – 2022 Assembly Elections May 16, 2022

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From the 2022 Assembly Elections , a leaflet from Colly McLaughlin who was running for The IRSP in Foyle. He polled 766 votes and missed out on a seat.

Many thanks to the sender.


All Six IRSP Information Sheets March 18, 2021

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From I think the late 80’s a series of six policy sheets from the IRSP under the headings of “Brief History of the IRSP”, “Women”, “Loyalism”, “Level of Economic Development”, “European Community” and “National Liberation Struggle”

I have scanned all six onto a pdf.


IRSP Information Sheet on “Loyalism” October 18, 2020

From the late 1980’s one of a series of Information Sheets issued by the IRSP. This one is on “Loyalism”


“This Is Republican Socialism … The Politics Of The Irish Republican Socialist Party” September 6, 2020

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A leaflet “This Is Republican Socialism An Introduction To The Politics Of The Irish Republican Socialist Party” produced around 2002 by the IRSP. The leaflet gives details of party ideals and policy.



1989 edition of “Republican Worker” -Journal of The RDG (Faction of the SWP) November 15, 2017

The Spring 1989 edition of “Republican Worker” -Journal of The RDG (Faction of the SWP) . The RDG were the Revolutionary Democratic Group. This publication is from their Scottish branch and contains a discussion paper on “British Withdrawal and Irish Solidarity” as well as details of “Hands Off Ireland” campaign and “The Committee for an Irish Solidarity Forum” (which contained among others The IRSP, RDG, Lenisist, Internationalists, RCG, RIL, Workers Power and Red Action) I’ve uploaded it in pdf here


1997 leaflet from the IRSP calling for a Republican Forum to debate “The Politics Of The Peace Process” September 27, 2017

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From 1997 a leaflet from the IRSP calling for the Convening of a Broad Republican Forum to openly debate “The Politics Of The Peace Process”. Interesting given it’s from just after the second IRA Ceasefire, at a delicate time for the Peace Process.



Leaflet from Séamus Costello – Sinn Fein -Wicklow – 1973 General Election March 15, 2015

From the 1973 General Election a leaflet from Séamus Costello running for Official Sinn Fein in Wicklow. He polled 1,966 votes and missed out on a seat.
Many thanks to the sender.



Leaflet for Dennis Murphy -SW Inner City and Martin Byrne -North Inner City – Ind (IRSP ) -1999 Local Elections November 10, 2014

From the 1999 Local Elections a Leaflet from Dennis Murphy and Martin Byrne who were running as IRSP backed Independent Republican Socialist candidates for seats on Dublin City Council. Murphy stood in The South West Inner City polling 81 votes whilst Byrne stood in The North Inner City polling 73 votes.
Many thanks to the sender.



Leaflet from Lucy Callaghan -IRSP -Northland Ward- Derry City Council May 3, 2011

From the 2011 Local Elections a leaflet from Lucy Callaghan of the IRSP running in Northland Ward for a seat on Derry City Council. It’s the first time in many years that the IRSP have contested an election in Northern Ireland.



Jim Gorman -IRSP -Lower Falls , Belfast -2011 Local Elections April 20, 2011

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From the 2011 Local Elections in Northern Ireland a leaflet from Jim Gorman of the IRSP who is running for a seat on Belfast City Council in the Lower Falls. The IRSP are fielding five candidates in the Local Elections. As far as I’m aware its a number of elections since they stood candidates.



Poster for Ite Ni Chionnaith- IRSP -1976 Dublin South West By-Election March 20, 2011

Many thanks to the sender who notes….

a copy of an election poster for Ite Ni Chionnaith who ran for The Irish Republican Socialist Party in Dublin South West in the June 10th, 1976 by-election.”

She polled 287 votes in a contest won by Labours Brendan Halligan. The by-election was caused by the death of Fianna Fail TD Noel Lemass. Lemass was son of Sean Lemass, husband of Eileen Lemass and of course brother in law of Charles J Haughey.


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



The Legacy of Seamus Costello -Starry Plough 25th Anniversary Edition 2002 September 28, 2010

Was sent (many thanks) these pages of a 2002 Edition of The Starry Plough, the newspaper of the IRSP. It was a special edition marking the 25th Anniversary of the murder of Seamus Costello.
In this post are The cover of the paper and a very interesting page which cover many things including a profile of Seamus Costello, the foundation of the IRSP and his ultimate murder, which is uploaded in PDF HERE .
(Should anyone have any of Costellos election material. I’d love to post it)
The sender notes too that “Costello was the first (and so far only) leader of an Irish political party to be murdered.



Election Leaflet for Tony O’Hara -H-Block -1981 Dublin West March 30, 2010

Firstly many thanks to the donor.
From the 1981 General Election Tony O’Hara (also refered to as Anthony),running on a H Block ticket in Dublin West.
Tony O’Hara was the brother of deceased hunger striker Patsy O’Hara. He recieved 3,034 votes.
For those like myself who lived through the time of the Hunger Strike this leaflet brings back memories. Memories of the posters of the Hunger Strikers,the posters of Maggie Thatcher Wanted for murder, people wearing Black armbands, black flags on lampposts and the other protest marches in Dublin at the time.
In the leaflet, amongst others things are a biography of Tony O’Hara and The Hunger Strikers Five Demands
1. The right to wear their own clothes.
2. The right to refrain from compulsory do prison work, use the time for education in vocational, craft or culture fields.
3. Free association with other political prisoners
4. One letter, one parcel and one visit per week.
5. Restoration of remission of sentence lost through the protest.



What is The Independent Socialist Party? February 28, 2010

A Leaflet from the shortlived Independent Socialist Party entitled ‘What is The Independent Socialist Party?’. Its from around 1977.
Plenty of interest as they explain what their version of socialism is.
The Party had addresses in bothe Dublin and Belfast.
From Wikipedia.. The Independent Socialist Party was a far left political party in Ireland. It was founded in 1976 as a split from the Irish Republican Socialist Party named the Irish Committee for a Socialist Programme, calling for more prominent socialist politics and less emphasis on paramilitary activity….



Nicky Kelly -Independent -Wicklow 1997 December 11, 2009

Growing up it was common to see ‘Free Nicky Kelly’ graffiti around the place. In 1978  Kelly, a then IRSP member was wrongly convicted along with Osgur Breatnach and Brian McNally of The 1976 Sallins Train Robbery. After a campaign for his release, he was release on “humanitarian grounds’ in 1984 and was pardoned in 1992.
Here having been elected to Arklow UDC in 1994 (topping the poll), Kelly stood in the 1995 Wicklow by-election. These leaflets are from the 1997 General Election, where he polled almost 5000 votes but failed to get in.



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