Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

“Ireland R.I.P.” Playing Cards from The Irish Daily Star 30th September 2010 December 9, 2014

To mark the second anniversary of the Bank Guarantee The Irish Daily Star produced a set of playing cards with quotes from many involved in The Crash. Bertie Ahern, Brian Cowen, Sean Dunne, Patrick Honohan, David Drumm, Patrick Neary are among the many included. A reminder of the time.
Many thanks to the sender



From 2007 “Ten Reasons to Support Mary Harney” -Progressive Democrats- Dublin Mid West February 4, 2013

From the 2007 General Election Campaign a four page leaflet from Progressive Democrat TD Mary Harney running in Dublin Mid West. The headline had “Ten Reasons to Support Mary Harney” and inside there was a message from Mary Harney, local issues in Lucan and her achievements in Health.



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”.



Fianna Fail video about the 2005 Budget September 14, 2011

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A Fianna Fail video promoting the 2005 budget.


“The PDs Get Things Done” – Vote No 1 Mary Harney – Progressive Democrats -2007 General Election Dublin Mid West June 3, 2011

From the 2007 General Election a leaflet from former Progressive Democrat leader Mary Harney who was running in Dublin Mid West. In what turned out to be her last election she polled 4,663 votes and held her seat.
The “targets for government 2007 to 2012” part makes grim reading considering our current situation.



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.


“How to Double Your Vote on Friday” -Helen Keogh -Progressive Democrats -1997 General Election September 30, 2010

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Progressive Democrat candidate Helen Keogh with the striking headline “How to Double Your Vote on Friday”.
By voting for Helen Keogh you were also voting to put Mary Harney into government, hence doubling your vote.
Helen Keogh lost her seat.



‘Progress in Health’ -5 campaign bulletins from Mary Harney -Progressive Democrats 2007 September 27, 2010

During the 2007 Election Campaign The Progressive Democrats issued a Daily campaign Bulletin ‘Progress in Health’.
I’ve uploaded a selection of ones, from the 1st of May to the 7th of May 2007, in PDF format.
(I’ll upload another series of them at a later date)
‘Progress in Health’ -1st May -Home Care Packages
‘Progress in Health’ -2nd May -Hospitals Clean Up
‘Progress in Health’ -3rd May -A&E Improved 50%
‘Progress in Health’ -4th May -Medical Card Means Tests
‘Progress in Health’ -7th May – Cancer Treatments up 70%


“Dail Wars” and “Pizza Delivery” Bizzare Flyers from the Young Progressive Democrats September 20, 2010

I was sent these gems (many thanks), I’m not sure if there was anything on the backs of them. Dail Wars and Pizza Delivery, totally bizarre. Mary Harney as Luke Skywalker!
I gather that they were produced by the Young Progressive Democrats around 2005.

pizza delivery



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.


PD Health Policy – ‘Now Lets Finish The Job’ June 25, 2010

From the 2007 General Election…. Mary Harney pictured alongside the lines ‘Now Lets Finish The Job’


Open letter to An Tanaiste Ms Mary Harney TD Minister for Health from Conor O’Donoghue- Christian Solidarity Party -2009 LE June 1, 2010

This is a page from a 36 page booklet produced by the Christian Solidarity Party candidate Conor O’Donoghue for the 2009 Local Elections where he was running in Limerick.
Conor O’Donoghue was part of (or) the MOM AND TOT CAPITAL RIGHTS ASSOCIATION.
I’ve other letters that I will post from the booklet.
many thanks to the donor.


Mary Harney – Progresive Democrats – 1989 European Elections September 9, 2009

Mary Harney in the 1989 European Elections….
‘She has the courage to stand up for what is right’
‘She Champions the cause of the weak and underprivileged’
‘An outspoken critic of wrongdoing’


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