Irish Election Literature

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Leaflet from Frances Grehan -Official Sinn Fein – 1973 General Election – Roscommon Leitrim March 14, 2019

From the 1973 General Election a leaflet from Frances Grehan of Official Sinn Fein running in Roscommon Leitrim. She polled 770 votes and missed out on a seat.


“Mansholt The Second Cromwell” -1971 Official Sinn Fein anti EEC Pamphlet July 28, 2016

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An Offical Sinn Fein anti EEC pamphlet titled: “Mansholt: The Second Cromwell” from March 1971. Sicco Mansholt , refered to in the title of the pamphlet, was European Commissioner for Agriculture from 1958 to 1972.
Many thanks to the sender.



Leaflet from Séamus Costello – Sinn Fein -Wicklow – 1973 General Election March 15, 2015

From the 1973 General Election a leaflet from Séamus Costello running for Official Sinn Fein in Wicklow. He polled 1,966 votes and missed out on a seat.
Many thanks to the sender.



“Election News” – Official Sinn Fein leaflet from the 1973 General Election August 14, 2014

From the 1973 General Election Campaign a newsletter “Election News” from Official Sinn Fein. It includes an Interview with Tomas MacGiolla and pieces on Equality for Women, Defending the Farm and other issues.
Many thanks to the sender



“If In Doubt Vote No” -Official Sinn Fein – 1972 Referendum on EEC November 18, 2013

From the 1972 Referendum on joining the Common Market a leaflet from Sinn Fein (Gardiner Place) urging a No vote.
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Official Sinn Fein badge for the first anniversary of Bloody Sunday November 1, 2013

A badge produced by Official Sinn Fein for the first anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
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“Boycott The Poll” Poster – Official Republican Movement – 1973 Northern Ireland Border Poll November 7, 2011

From the 1973 Border Poll (also known as the Northern Ireland Sovereignty Referendum) a poster from the Official Republican Movement urging a Boycott of the poll. The figure in the poster I think is that of the then Northern Ireland Secretary, William Whitelaw.
There were two choices and 591,280 people voted to stay part of the UK whilst , due to the boycott, just 6,463 voted in favour of a United Ireland.
I’ve a Ballot,Envelope, Polling card etc from the poll posted Here .

Many thanks to the sender.


Copy of “The Irish People” 2nd April 1976 September 6, 2011

From 1976 a copy of The Irish People , a newspaper produced by Official Sinn Fein. Apologies that some of it might be hard to read. I was loaned this and due to the size of my scanner was only able to scan half pages at a time. I’m not sure if this is the full paper either.



‘Why There is No Alternative to Reconstitution’ -Workers Party Discussion Document February 1992 (pre DL split) September 10, 2009

‘Why There is No Alternative to Reconstitution’ a letter to members from Prionsias De Rossa and Seamus Lynch prior to the split with the Democratic Left. 
Prionsias De Rossa and Seamus Lynch outline their case for changing the Party from Democratic Centralism to that of being member driven.

It’s language is very much of the dogmatic variety and spells out the direction they want the Workers Party to move in. It also indirectly makes reference to the existence and activities of the Official IRA mentioning ‘unlawful activities in the North’.
The split occurred after the special conference with 6 of the 7  TDs as well as a majority of the parties other elected representatives going off to form a group initially called ‘New Agenda’ which became the ‘Democratic Left’. The Workers Party continued on.



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