Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Autumn 2001 Edition of “Fingal Voice” from The Socialist Party May 12, 2020

The Autumn 2001 edition of The Socialist Party newsletter “Fingal Voice”. Contains columns by Joe Higgins and Clare Daly as well as coverage of local and National Issues.
It’s scanned and uploaded in pdf format here
Many thanks to the sender


Leaflet from Joe Higgins urging a Vote for Ruth Coppinger in the Dublin West By-election May 28, 2014

A leaflet from Joe Higgins urging voters to support Ruth Coppinger in the 2014 Dublin West By-election. Its interesting in that it is in part an attack on Sinn Fein which is unusual as they are normally not the target of Socialist Party leaflets.
Many thanks to the sender.


2005 Leaflet “Socialist Party exposes GAMA slave labour scandal” November 28, 2013

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From 2005 a leaflet from The Socialist Party concerning the exploitation of GAMA workers.



Labour Party Conference – Tralee 1989 – Vote No.1 Joe Higgins for Vice Chair and Administrative Council November 15, 2013

From the 1989 Labour Party Conference in Tralee, a poster “Vote No.1 Joe Higgins for Vice Chair and Administrative Council”. It was his last Labour Party Conference as he and other members of Militant were later expelled from the party.
Many thanks to the sender.


A 2004 ‘CIE, Aer Rianta: for a co-ordinated campaign of strike action’ Socialist Party Leaflet July 14, 2013

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From February 2004 a leaflet against privatisation of transport services from the Socialist Party.


From 2003 ‘Free Clare and Joe -No more jailings!’ -leaflet from the Fingal Anti Bin Tax Campaign January 22, 2013

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In 2003 arising from their roles in the anti bin tax campaign, Clare Daly and Joe Higgins were jailed for a month. This is a leaflet issued by the Fingal Anti Bin Tax Campaign ‘Free Clare and Joe -No more jailings!’ .


“Elect Two Socialist Party Councillors” – Ruth Coppinger, Helen Redwood -Socialist Party 2004 Local Elections -Mulhuddart April 11, 2012

From the 2004 Local Elections a Leaflet from Socialist Party candidates Ruth Coppinger and Helen Redwood with the headline “Elect Two Socialist Party Councillors” . The two were running in Mulhuddart, Ruth Coppinger was elected with 1,848 votes whilst Helen Redwood polled 607 votes and missed out on a seat.
The leaflet also asks voters to vote for Joe Higgins in the European Elections.



Eamon Gilmore leaflets mentioned by Joe Higgins in the Dail last week. February 20, 2012

In a speech in the Dail the last week Joe Higgins referred to some old Eamon Gilmore Leaflets that I’d posted here previously.
Just reposting them again with some of the text from the speech.

Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–I refer to what does not lie, namely, the history of this issue. There was a fresh faced councillor in Dún Laoghaire in the 1980s—–
Deputy Emmet Stagg:   Deputy Boyd Barrett.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–who put out a statement that he was the first councillor in the country to propose and win the abolition of the water rates. The same councillor, in a new manifestation—–
An Ceann Comhairle:   The Deputy is supposed to be asking a supplementary question not giving a lecture on history.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–in Democratic Left in the late 1980s and early 1990s—–

Deputy Joe Higgins:   His thwarted political ambitions have a lot more to do with his outbursts here than anything I can say.
An Ceann Comhairle:   Deputy Higgins, through the Chair please.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   He made your seat in 1987 in campaigns against the local rates.
An Ceann Comhairle:   I am going to call an end to this if the Deputy does not conclude.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   In a new reincarnation, Democratic Left—–
Deputy Brendan Howlin:   In 1872.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–he stated that the PAYE taxpayers whom his party represented had already paid enough tax for local services and should not have to pay again. …..

I’ve a section dedicated to Gilmore leaflets here


Leaflet from Mick Cheevers -Socialist Party -Castleknock – 1999 Local Elections January 21, 2012

From the 1999 Local Elections a leaflet for Mick Cheevers of The Socialist Party running in the Blanchardstown / Castleknock ward.
Cheevers polled 253 votes and failed to win a seat


Leaflet for Ruth Coppinger , Denis Keane -Socialist Party -Mulhuddart 2009 Local Elections September 19, 2011

From the 2009 Local Elections a leaflet for Socialist Party candidate Ruth Coppinger and her running mate Denis Keane who were running in Mulhuddart. Coppinger polled 1,705 votes and was the first candidate elected whilst Keane polled 642 votes and missed out on a seat.



Newsletter from Ruth Coppinger -Socialist Party – 2011 Dublin West By Election September 7, 2011

The Autumn 2011 Newsletter from Socialist Party candidate in the forthcoming Dublin West By Election , Ruth Coppinger. A councillor since 2004 she is seen as having a decent chance of winning the by election. She announces that she will be standing in the by election. Issues such as the new household charge, Cuts in SNAs and Blanchardstown Hospital are also covered.
The leaflet is available in pdf form here



“Joe Higgins MEP says:Defend Workers’ rights & public services – NO to Lisbon II” -Socialist Party -Lisbon Referendum June 30, 2011

From the second Lisbon Referendum a leaflet from the Socialist Party with the headline “Joe Higgins MEP says:Defend Workers’ rights & public services – NO to Lisbon II”. On the reverse are “5 Reasons to vote No!”.



“A final message from Joe Higgins”-Socialist Party /United Left Alliance -Dublin West -2011 General Election March 8, 2011

From the 2011 General Election campaign “A final message from Joe Higgins” of the Socialist Party / United Left Alliance running in Dublin West.
Higgins appeals for number 1 votes and there are headlines such as “Labour cant make a difference” and “dont be conned”.
Hiigins was comfortably elected , regaining the seat he lost in the 2007 General Election.


Leaflet from Joe Higgins -Socialist Party (United Left Alliance) -Dublin West February 24, 2011

From the 2011 General Election campaign a leaflet from Socialist Party MEP Joe Higgins running in Dublin West. Higgins is tipped to regain the seat he won in 2007.
Many thanks to the sender.



Poster for the Public Launch Rally of the United Left Alliance on Monday 29th November November 25, 2010

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A Poster for the Launch of the United Left Alliance on Monday 29th November in the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street.
Speakers will include Joe Higgins, Richard Boyd-Barrett and Seamus Healy.
The ULA website
United Left Alliance


“Launching a Left Challenge for the Next General Election” featuring Cian Prendiville ‘Dail Candidate for Limerick’ -Socialist Party 2010 October 28, 2010

A Poster advertising a Public Rally in Limerick on Tuesday 2nd of November. The Rally will be “Launching a Left Challenge for the Next General Election” featuring both Joe Higgins and Cian Prendiville The Socialist Partys ‘Dail Candidate for Limerick’ .
As far as I’m aware Prendiville will be the Socialist Partys first General Election candidate in Limerick.


The Late Mick Lally canvassing for Joe Higgins in the 1996 Dublin West by-election September 1, 2010

First off many thanks to the sender.
A clipping from Fortnight Magazine which shows the Late Mick Lally canvassing for Joe Higgins in the 1996 Dublin West by-election. Joe Higgins was running for Militant Labour (which later became the Socialist Party).
The article (which I only have this page of) is about the shockwaves caused by the Vote gained by Higgins in the by-election.
I’ve some Joe Higgins Leaflets from that Campaign posted in the  Militant Labour Category.

Like many my main memories of Mick Lally were from Bracken and Glenroe… and today as I heard reports on the funeral service on the news it also brought memories of Glenroe back.
It was an institution and there were many houses across the land when Sunday at 8.30 everything stopped and families sat down together to watch. In the Granny and Grandads on the regular Sunday visit and later as roles were reversed they with us. People who thought it rude to watch Television when you had guests (or were a guest) made an exception for Glenroe.
In time as people Passed on or Emigrated they were missed at the Sunday night ritual. What would Granny have thought of Miley and Fidelma, we wondered? For it was Miley and the Galway Hurlers that you could never say a bad word about.
Later on in the shows last years, it was us who went up on the Sunday for Dinner and then set off home after Glenroe. One night the Gardai called to the house (a few weeks after a murder in the locality) asking if we could remember seeing a strange car in the area at around eight in the evening on a Sunday.If you have ever been questioned about your whereabouts at a certain time and date you feel foolish not being able to remember.
Eventually I figured that we’d left after Glenroe so we wouldn’t have been in the area at the time.
In the mid 80s I worked as a bus conductor on the 84 route that went to Kilcoole, where some of Glenroe was filmed. On a daily basis we’d carry the day trippers to Kilcoole, out to see if they could get a glimpse of Biddy and Miley.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh d’anam

Mick Lally


Posters for 2009 Joe Higgins Election Fundraiser in Dingle August 31, 2010

Two posters, one in English , one in Irish advertising a fundraising gig for Joe Higgins European Election Campaign in Dingle. The gig featured Fergus O’Flaherty, Tom Lynch and Friends.
Joe a native of Lispole, is of course is a proud Kerryman. His brother, the late Liam Higgins won two All Irelands wearing the Green and Gold. Joe himself is often seen in Croke Park at matches (often with his mother). Needless to say its not the premium section you’ll see him.
Many thanks to the sender.



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