From the 1987 General Election a leaflet fro Fine Gael candidates Paddy Cooney,Colm Smyth and Seamus Finnan running in Longford Westmeath. Former Minister of Justice Paddy Cooney was elected.
Leaflet from Paddy Cooney,Colm Smyth and Seamus Finnan -Fine Gael -1987 General Election -Longford Westmeath August 6, 2012
From the mid 70s a “Our Jails -Cooneys Shame” Poster from the Prisoners Rights Organisation. The Cooney in question was the then Minister of Justice Paddy Cooney (who lost his seat in the 1977 election).
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From the 1989 European Elections Leinster. Paddy Cooney and Charlie McDonald.
Cooney was Minister for Justice in the 1973 to 77 Coalition government and later served as Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, Minister for Transport, Minister for Defence and Minister for Education. He was elected to the Dail in 1970 for Longford Westmeath, lost his seat in 1977, regained it in 1981 and held it until 1989 when (in the election the flyer is from) he won a seat in The European Parliament.
Charlie McDonald had a number of spells in the Seanad and also in the European Parliament. He served one Dail term from 1973 to 1977 for Laois Offaly.
Fine Gael emphasised their link to the Christian Democrats to imply that they had a bigger influence than Fianna Fail in the European Parliament.