Irish Election Literature

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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.
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From the 2002 Labour Party Leadership Election, Profiles of candidates for Leader and Deputy Leader July 17, 2014

A leaflet sent to Labour Party members from the 2002 Labour Party Leadership contest. It has profiles , provided by the candidates, for both the Leadership and Deputy Leadership Elections.
Pat Rabbitte was elected Party Leader defeating Roisin Shortall, Eamon Gilmore and Brendan Howlin. Liz McManus was elected Deputy Leader defeating Joan Burton, Willie Penrose and Joe Costello.
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“Reject the Old Politics -Vote Pat Rabbitte Number 1” -Workers Party -1989 General Election -Dublin South West March 16, 2013

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet for then Workers Party councillor Pat Rabbitte. The leaflet attacks the local TDs Sean Walsh and Chris Flood as well as Progressive Democrat TD Mary Harney. It also contains an appeal for Labour voters to transfer to The Workers’ Party and for Workers’ Party voters to transfer to Labour.
There is also a piece from WP Councillor Don Tipping.
In this 1989 General Election Rabbitte polled 7,166 votes and took a Dail seat for the first time, a seat he has held onto ever since.
There are also quotes from various magazines and newspapers on how good Rabbitte is!
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“Don’t Close Our Garda Stations” from ‘Labour News’ July/Aug 2004 March 2, 2013

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An article on Garda Reform from the Labour members newsletter ‘Labour News’ July/Aug 2004 with Pat Rabbitte and others with “Don’t Close Our Garda Stations” placards.
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Pat Rabbitte Autumn 2012 Newsletter -Labour -Dublin South West January 4, 2013

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The Autumn 2012 newsletter from Labour Dublin South West TDs Eamonn Maloney and Pat Rabbitte.
Leaflet in pdf format




“Who Will Defend You?” leaflet from Pat Rabbitte, Eamonn Maloney-Labour Party -2011 General Election Dublin South West. July 2, 2012

From the 2011 General Election in Dublin South West, “Who Will Defend You?” leaflet from Pat Rabbitte and Eamonn Maloneyrunning for the Labour Party. Both were elected.
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Poster for Pat Rabbitte -Democratic Left -1994 European Elections April 13, 2011

From the 1994 European Elections in Dublin , a window poster for Pat Rabbitte running for the Democratic Left. Rabbitte polled 24,133 votes and failed to win a seat.


Eamon Maloney, Pat Rabbitte -Labour -Dublin South West -2011 General Election February 1, 2011

From the 2011 General Election a flyer for Labour candidates Eamon Maloney and Pat Rabbitte running in Dublin South West. Former DSP man Maloney has been a councillor since 1999.



“Another Fine Mess?” -PD attack on Labour and Fine Gael from 2007 September 24, 2010

From the Progressive Democrats in 2007 advertising a website called where all the differences between Pat Rabbitte and Enda Kennys parties were pointed out.


“This Constituency needs a Senior Government Minister” -Pat Rabbitte -2007 GE Dublin SW August 15, 2010

From the 2007 General Election in Dublin South West a flyer from the then Labour Leader Pat Rabbitte with the catchy headline “This Constituency needs a Senior Government Minister”.
The flyer continues that “Pat Rabbitte can be that Senior Minister” and the standard “No Seat is Safe”.
Pat Rabbitte was elected….. he didn’t become a “Senior Government Minister”.


Canvass Card from Pat Rabbitte -Democratic Left -1994 European Elections Dublin May 26, 2010

From the 1994 European Elections a canvass card for Democratic Left candidate Pat Rabbitte running in Dublin.
Rabbitte was canvassing outside a Shamrock Rovers game in the RDS when I picked this up. As far as I know, He is a Rovers fan.
Pat Rabbitte failed to win a seat.



Pat Rabbitte ‘My 5 Commitments for Change’ -Labour Party 2007 GE. April 2, 2010

From the 2007 general Election Campaign, Then Labour Party Leader, Pat Rabbittes ‘My 5 Commitments for Change’ card.

The 5 Commitments for Change were..
1.More Bed in Clean Hospitals.
2.Pre-School education for all our children.
3.More Gardai on the beat in neighbourhoods.
4.Abolish the means test for carers.
5.Enable more people to begin to buy a house.

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Pat Rabbitte -‘What does he want..?’ – Democratic Left -1994 European Elections February 4, 2010

From Democratic Left in the 1994 European Elections in Dublin…. A Question asked by many over the years about Pat Rabbitte (and many others) ‘What does he want..?’
Prionsias De Rossa had won a seat for The Workers Party in Dublin in 1989. Following the Workers Party Split, De Rossa stepped down and the Democratic Lefts Des Geraghty was co-opted and served from 1992 to 1994 as an MEP. Despite Geraghty being the outgoing MEP, Pat Rabbitte stood in 1994.
The DL were very fond of quotes from newspapers (as The Greens used to be too). Rabbitte bemoans the lack of EU money for Dublin and the amount of funds going to farmers.
Rabbitte failed to win a seat. (result at



Pat Rabbitte – Workers Party – Dublin South West 1987 November 25, 2009

From the 1987 General election in Dublin South West. He mentions an awful lot that came to pass, such the the Hospital, Luas, Town Centre and so on. He polled 5,086 votes and failed to win a seat. He was elected in 1989 though.
The leaflet itself is fading so had to play around with it to make it readable.



From 2002 “Do you want to swap this man for a Sinn Fein or second Fianna Fail TD?” Pat Rabbitte -Labour -Dublin South West November 6, 2009

Pat Rabbitte plays the I’m in trouble card with his “Do you want to swap this man for a Sinn Fein or second Fianna Fail TD?” leaflet from the 2002 General Election Campaign. As it happens Both Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail won seats and it was Brian Hayes that lost out.



Flyer for Eamon Gilmore -Democratic Left -1997 General Election September 9, 2009

An Eamon Gilmore Flyer from the 1997 General Election when he was running for the Democratic Left in Dun laoghaire.


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