Irish Election Literature

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50th Anniversary Edition of ITGWU Magazine “Liberty” January 9, 2017


An issue of “Liberty” the ITGWU Magazine produced to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Union. It’s really fascinating and covers the 1913 Lockout , The Citizen Army, James Connolly and much more. It’s 96 pages so scanned it into two pdfs.
Liberty Part 1 is uploaded here and
Liberty Part 2 is uploaded here

 

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ITGWU ad looking for a No vote in the 1959 Referendum on change to the voting system. August 26, 2013

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ITGWU ad looking for a no vote in the 1959 Referendum on change to the voting system.

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From 1969 a list of ITGWU members standing for Labour July 4, 2012


From the 1969 General Election, the ITGWU advertise the Labour candidates standing in the election that were members of the union. There were 32 ITGWU members listed , amongst them Conor Cruise O’Brien, David Thornley, Dan Spring and Brendan Corish.

 

“No To EEC” – ITGWU 1972 Referendum on Entry to the EEC August 1, 2011


From the 1972 Referendum on Entry to the EEC a leaflet from the Irish Transport and General Workers Union urging a No vote in the referendum. It foresaw entry to the EEC as leading to job losses.

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1927 County Tipperary Labour Bulletin August 18, 2010


Was sent these images (many thanks). A 1927 County Tipperary Labour Bulletin. There were two elections in 1927 so I’m not sure which campaign this comes from.
Daniel Morrissey was a Labour TD, became an Independent , switched to Cumann na nGaedheal and then became a Fine Gael TD. He was a TD from 1922 to 1954.
The William O’Brien mentioned is probably ‘William X. O’Brien’ who (according to wikipedia) was “A close friend and associate of James Connolly. O’Brien helped establish the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union in 1909, and was instrumental in the Dublin Lockout strike in 1913″….. “O’Brien was elected as TD for Dublin South at the 1922 general election, and again for Tipperary in June 1927 and again in 1937”.

The details of the campaign are covered including meetings, canvassing, transport and The Register of electors.

Apologies for the size of the text.

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Jimmy Somers -Labour Party -1983 Dublin Central By Election April 12, 2010


From the 1983 Dublin Central By-Election, Labour candidate Jimmy Somers. The by-election was caused by the death of Fianna Fail TD George Colley. It was a tough time for Labour who were starting a decline, they won just two of the 52 Dublin City Council seats in the 1985 Local Elections.
Jimmy Somers finished fifth behind the Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Workers Party and Sinn Fein Candidates. Fianna Fails Tom Leonard was elected.
Amongst the items mentioned is Labours commitment for a Divorce Referendum, Drugs and Crime.
Jimmy Somers is a former President of SIPTU and was previously in the ITGWU. He was also a local to the area.

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Jimmy Somers -Labour Party Newsletter – November 1983 Dublin Central By-election November 10, 2009


This was delivered during the 1983 Dublin Central by-election campaign. In tight times the Social Welfare Christmas Bonus was to be paid thanks to Labour Minister Barry Desmond. The voters weren’t thanking him as Somers finished fifth on the day behind the Fianna Fail, Fine Gael, Workers Party and Sinn Fein Candidates.
Jimmy Somers is a former President of SIPTU and was previously in the ITGWU. He was also a local to the area.

 

 
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