Irish Election Literature

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Podcast -Nan Joyce March 25, 2021

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A look at the November 1982 General Election campaign of Nan Joyce , the first member of the Travelling Community to run for the Dáil.


Podcast -Fishermen (Coastal Community ) Candidates from the November 1982 General Election. -Episode 20 October 22, 2020

This episode covers the campaign of the two Fishermen candidates (Coastal Community Candidates) that stood in the November 1982 General Election. Joe O’Shea in Kerry South and John L Sullivan in Cork South West. They were drawing attention to the issues faced by Fishermen especially to do with Herring quotas in the Celtic Sea. They had a wider agenda of development of the onshore fishing industry and the jobs that could bring to coastal areas.

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Leaflet from Ann Joyce -Independent -Dublin South West – November 1982 General Election April 30, 2020

A bit of History, A leaflet from Nan Joyce who was the first Traveller to run for the Dail. She ran in Dublin South West in November 1982 and polled 581 votes. The leaflet is interesting in that it gives an insight to the issues faced by Travellers at the time.



“Penalising the sick is obscene!” from Labour November 1982 July 26, 2016

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From the November 1982 General Election, “Penalising the sick is obscene!” an ad that appeared in the Evening Press at the time.
Many thanks to the sender.


Leaflet from Dick Spring -Labour- Kerry North- November 1982 General Election July 23, 2013

From the November 1982 General Election a flyer from then Labour Party leader Dick Spring running in Kerry North.
Many thanks to the sender.




From November 1982 “Your Safety is Secure With Fianna Fail” January 10, 2013

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From the November 1982 General Election a leaflet from Fianna Fail focusing on Crime, with the line “Your Safety is Secure With Fianna Fail”.
Crime of course is one of the main issues that crops up on a regular basis. Fianna Fail ran their 1997 campaign in part on a Zero Tolerance policy to crime.
May well be a key issue at the next election.


November 1982 Leaflet for Dan Kiely, Denis Foley , Tom McEllistrim -Fianna Fail -Kerry North July 27, 2012

From the November 1982 General Election a Leaflet for Dan Kiely, Denis Foley and Tom McEllistrim who were running for Fianna Fail in Kerry North. Foley and McEllistrim were elected.
Interesting to note Dan Kielys mention of the Pro Life Amendment.



Leaflet from Barry Desmond -Labour- November 1982 General Election -Dun Laoghaire April 17, 2012

From the November 1982 General Election a leaflet for Labour candidate in Dun Laoghaire Barry Desmond. Given the short length of time between the two elections in 1982 the leaflet is very similar to the February 1982 one with the same family picture and indeed picture of the candidate himself. The layout is also similar. The main difference being the picture of the trendy ‘youth’.
Barry Desmond was re elected polling 6,130 votes and was subsequently appointed Minister for Social Welfare and Minister for Health.



Leaflet from Alice Glenn ,John Colgan, Michael Keating- Fine Gael- November 1982 Dublin Central. December 19, 2011

From the November 1982 General Election a leaflet from Fine Gael candidates Alice Glenn, John Colgan and Michael Keating who were running in Dublin Central.
Glenn and Keating were elected. All three candidates ended up running as Independents or in Keatings case The Progressive Democrats. Colgan ran as an Independent in the 1991 local Elections whilst Alice Glenn ran as an Independent in the 1997 General Election.
Glenn was probably most famous for her ‘A Woman Voting for Divorce is like a Turkey voting for Christmas‘ leaflet. I also have her reasons for ‘leaving’ Fine Gael “Why Fine Gael divorced Alice Glenn



“Put The Right Man Back!” -Garret Fitzgerald Fine Gael Poster November 1982 May 22, 2011

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From my attic a November 1982 General Election Fine Gael poster with a picture of the Late Garret Fitzgerald with the slogan “Put The Right Man Back!” .


“Put the right man back!”- Garret Fitzgerald led Fine Gael -November 1982 General Election May 19, 2011

From the November 1982 General Election. The generic Fine Gael leaflet. Pictured is the leader Garret Fitzgerald with the slogan “Put the right man back!”. There is a profile of Garret, however  Garret does not have a personal message to the electorate, just a series of points with his picture above them which is highly unusual.



‘Settle Things -Vote Fine Gael’ Leaflet from November 1982 General Election July 1, 2010

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From the November 1982 General Election a leaflet ‘Settle Things -Vote Fine Gael’. In the political turmoil of the previous years Fine Gael were pointing out Fianna Fails lies and offering Stability in Government.


Andrews, Goulding, Hammond, O’Donoghue Canvass card -Fianna Fail -Dun Laoghaire 1982 June 18, 2010

From the November 1982 General Election a canvass card for Fianna Fail candidates David Andrews, Lady Valerie Goulding, Owen Hammond and Martin O’Donoghue. David Andrews was the only one of them to win a seat.
I probably got this outside the polling station as back then canvassers operated as you went in to vote.
The Card was a smaller version of the Fianna Fail posters festooning the area.


Owen Hammond Letter to the Electorate- Fianna Fail- November 1982 GE Dun Laoghaire January 13, 2010

A Letter from Fianna Fail candidate Owen Hammond in the November 1982 General Election where he stood in Dun Laoghaire. The fact that it’s personally signed illustrates the changes over the years…These days it would be a ‘sorry I missed you’ card with the pre printed signature.

Hammond polled 893 votes as Fine Gael won 3 of the 5 seats.


Michael White- Workers Party- 1982 (November) January 3, 2010

From the November 1982 General Election, the now Judge Michael White (refered to here as Mick White in the profile). White stood in a number of Elections and despite hard work on the ground had no electoral success.
The Workers Partys achievements are listed as are their plans. We also have the picture Prionsias De Rossa, Paddy Gallagher and Joe Sherlock outside the Dail.

If using any of these images it would be nice to give me some credit for scanning them and posting them up (Unlike the Irish Independent who again used images from the site without crediting me)



Bertie Ahern, George Colley, Tom Leonard- Fianna Fail-Dublin Central November 1982 October 26, 2009

From the November 1982 General Election, a flyer for Fianna Fail candidates in Dublin Central. A young Bertie, George Colley months before his passing and Tom Leonard who would win the by election caused by Colleys death.
Ahern topped the poll with 10,542 votes with Colley also elected polling 5,622 votes, Leonard missed out polling 2,396 votes.




Eamon Gilmore – Workers Party- Dun Laoghaire- November 1982 October 6, 2009

The now Labour Party Leader .The then 27 year old Trade Union Official in his first election standing for the Workers Party in Dun Laoghaire – November 1982.

In 1985 he won a council seat in Ballybrack, before winning a seat in the Dail in 1989.



Fianna Fail- Dun Laoghaire – Nov 1982 , David Andrews, Lady Valerie Goulding,Martin O’Donoghue and Owen Hammond September 23, 2009

Fianna Fail Dun Laoghaire November 1982.The line up including Lady Valerie Goulding.
How often, if ever has a ‘Lady’ or ‘Lord’ run for Fianna Fail? (Henry Mountcharles ran for Fine Gael in Louth in 1992 and later as an Independent for the Seanad.)
Included too are David Andrews, Owen Hammond and the supposed author of the infamous 1977 Fianna Fail Manifesto Martin O’Donoghue. David Andrwews won a seat, O’Donoghue lost his seat at this election as Fine Gael took 3 of the five seats in Dun Laoghaire.
It was also the first electoral outing of now Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore who stood for the Workers Party.
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