Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

“Keep The Doctor in the House” Noel Browne -National Progressive Democrats 1961 General Election -Dublin South East August 23, 2018


From the 1961 General Election an ad for Noel Browne who was running for the shortlived National Progressive Democrats in Dublin South East. Browne was elected.

 

1982 Leaflet from The Anti Amendment Campaign May 7, 2018


From the run up to the 1983 Abortion Referendum a leaflet from the The Anti Amendment Campaign outlining their reasons for opposing the holding of a Referendum. It has the founding statement of the Campaign as well as a list of public figures and groups that backed the campaign.
Many thanks to the sender.

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Flyer from Noël Browne – Anti Coalition Labour – 1977 General Election – Dublin Artane April 13, 2015


From the 1977 General Election a flyer for Noël Browne who was running as an Independent ‘Anti Coalition Labour’ candidate in Dublin Artane. He had previously been expelled from the Labour Party. He polled 5,601 votes and was elected. His wikipedia entry
Many thanks to the sender.
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Flyer and notepaper for Bert Bennett, Jim Maher, Dave Neligan ,Máirín Breheny -Socialist Labour Party -1979 Local Elections -Artane January 22, 2012


From the 1979 Local Elections campaign a flyer for Socialist Labour Party candidates in Artane, Bert Bennett, Jim Maher, Dave Neligan and Máirín Breheny. Also some notepaper from the campaign with a message from then Socialist Labour Party TD Noel Browne.
many thanks to the sender.
Another leaflet from that campaign is posted here.

The Socialist Labour Party Section of this site is here

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1979 LE Socialist Labour Party Leaflet for Bert Bennett, Máirín Breheny, Jim Maher and Dave Neligan running in Artane with message from Noel Browne January 5, 2012


From the 1979 Local Elections a leaflet from The Socialist Labour Party for Bert Bennett, Máirín Breheny, Jim Maher and Dr. Dave Neligan who were running in Artane. In the leaflet there are profiles of the candidates , a message from Noel Browne and policies of the Socialist Labour Party.
In the Election Bert Bennett polled 923 votes and missed on the last seat by 223 votes. Jim Maher polled 788 , David Neligan polled 689 whilst Máirín Breheny polled 448.
The full count are available on the sites “old Local Election Results” Page

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From 1957 “Export of Horses and the General Election”-Irish National Campaign against the Export of Horses for Slaughter August 22, 2011


From the 1957 General Election campaign “Export of Horses and the General Election” from the Irish National Campaign against the Export of Horses for Slaughter.
This group wanted an abattoir to be set up here for the killing of ‘redundant horses’ as it would eliminate cruelty and create jobs. Amongst the candidates listed as supporting the abattoir were Noel Browne, Sean McBride and Jack Lynch.
I’m not sure if an abattoir for ‘redundant horses’ was ever set up.

 

Noel Browne pictures from The Socialist Labour Party August 19, 2011


Was given these photos by someone who had been involved with the Socialist Labour Party (Many thanks).
Given that Browne was such an important and influential figure in Irish Politics I thought I’d post them.
The first picture is from the 1979 Local Election Campaign of Socialist Labour Party candidates in the Artane / Coolock ward.
Pictured with Noel Browne are four children and the candidates Jim Maher, Mairin Breheny, Bert Bennett and David Neligan. Neligan was a political assistant to Dr.Noel Browne from 1968 to 1982.
Bert Bennett polled 923 votes and missed on the last seat by 223 votes. Jim Maher polled 788 , David Neligan polled 689 whilst Mairin Breheny polled 448.
The Second picture is Noel Browne and the third picture is of Noel Browne, with Bert Bennett and two others that I can’t identify,

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From 1989 “Why we think you should vote for Michael D.” – Mick Lally, Emmet Bergin and Noel Browne June 20, 2011


From the 1989 General Election in Galway West an Ad for Michael D Higgins with endorsements from Mick Lally, Emmet Bergin and Noel Browne, “Why we think you should vote for Michael D.” A big thing then to be endorsed by two actors from Glenroe. In Ireland it is unusual to see public figures backing Dail candidates.
Michael D held on to his seat polling 7,727 votes.
In 1987 he had a similar ad with endorsements from Mary Coughlan, Mick Lally and Noel Browne.

 

“Why We Think You Should Vote For Michael D.” -Mick Lally, Noel Browne, Mary Coughlan- 1987 GE January 8, 2011


Found this recently, an ad from the 1987 General Election Campaign with three people very much associated with Galway at the time, the late Mick Lally, the late Noel Browne and singer Mary Coughlan asking for a vote for Michael D.
“Why We Think You Should Vote For Michael D.”

 

Socialist Labour Party flyer March 15, 2010


A simple flyer from Noel Brownes Socialist Labour Party that was sent to me.

The Socialist Labour Party was short-lived, having been co-founded in 1977 by Noel Browne and Matt Merrigan (who both had been thrown out of the Labour Party). It finally disbanded just five years later in 1982.

 

Socialist Labour Party- Recruitment Leaflet November 18, 2009


This is a recruitment leaflet from the Socialist Labour Party circa 1980.
The Socialist Labour Party was short-lived, having been co-founded in 1977 by Noel Browne and Matt Merrigan (who both had been thrown out of the Labour Party). It finally disbanded just five years later in 1982.
It fought the 1979 local elections as well as the 1981 General Election.
In the 1981 election, Browne was re-elected to the Dail for Dublin North-Central. Other candidates fielded by the Socialist Labour Party included Billy Keegan and Matt Merrigan in Dublin North-West,  Michael O’Donoghue in Dublin North-East and Dermot Boucher in Dún Laoghaire. None of them polled well. Matt Merrigan also stood for the SLP in the 1982 Dublin West By-Election.

In the leaflet we have a piece from the Parties Constitution. Sections on its Policies and activities.
The Socialist Labour Party indicate here its willingness to work with other parties of the left. Rather than use differences , use what parties had in common…
‘..We would seek to avoid the isolation and impotence of many small political groupings on the Irish Left. When we find
ourselves in agreement…. we attempt to work together..’

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