Originally set up as a lobby group The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee have been very influential in Roscommon Politics since first entering the electoral arena in 1985. They have had Councillors from 1985 to the present day and Tom Foxe served as a TD for the group from 1989 to 1997.
Leaflet from John McDermott – Roscommon Hospital Action Committee -2014 Roscommon South Leitrim By Election October 8, 2014
“Dear People of Roscommon ….” -James Reilly letter with assurances over Roscommon Hospital from the 2011 General Election July 7, 2011
From the 2011 General Election a letter from the then Fine Gael Health spokesperson (and now Minister of Health) Dr James Reilly to the “People of Roscommon” with assurances over Roscommon Hospital.
The issue of Roscommon Hospital caused Fine Gael TD Denis Naughten to vote against the government and will more than likely to lose the Fine Gael whip.
From the 2009 Local Elections a leaflet from Valerie Byrne of the Roscommon Hospital Action Committee who was running in Strokestown. She polled 1,052 votes and easily won a seat, one of two won by the HAC.The other Hospital Action Committee councillor is Paula McNamara.
The Hospital Action Committee was founded in 1976. Other leaflets from them are here. Tom Foxe was elected to the Dail in 1989 and 1992.
From the 1992 General Election a leaflet for Tom Foxe of the The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee (H.A.C.). Foxe was first elected in the 1989 General Election (leaflet here) and in the 1991 Local Elections he topped the poll in the Roscommon Electoral area bring ing in a running mate Eithne Quinn. You see a reference to Post Office closures being averted in the leaflet, At least 2 Councillors were elected on anti postal cuts platform in the 1991 Local Elections in Roscommon.
In this 1992 election he was elected. He lost his seat in 1997.
There is more on Tom Foxe here.
John McDermott- Roscommon Hospital Action Committee -Roscommon-South Leitrim- 2011 GE February 11, 2011
A flyer, sticker and Sorry I misssed you card from John McDermott who is running for the Roscommon Hospital Action Committee in the 2011 General election in Roscommon South Leitrim.
The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee was founded in 1976. Tom Foxe was a TD from 1989 to 1997 representing the RHAC. It currently has two councillors on Roscommon County Council.
It is still a major issue, in 2007 the now Labour candidate John Kelly ran with the backing of the RHAC. There have been a number of protests recently and almost all local politicians would have been at the protests.
It will be interesting to see if John McDermott can capitalise on this to win a seat.
Many thanks to the sender
From the 2009 Local Elections a leaflet for Roscommon Hospital Action Committee candidate Paula McNamara. She was comfortably elected.
The HAC came to national prominence in 1987 when their candidate Eithne Quinn polled over 4000 votes. Two years later in 1989 Tom Foxe was elected to the Dail and he held his seat until 1997.
In 2002 Una Quinn stood and in 2007 Independent candidate John Kelly ( who recently joined Labour) stood with the endorsement of the HAC.
They have held council seats in Roscommon for over 20 years.
John Kelly -Independent (now Labour)- Roscommon South Leitrim 2007 February 15, 2010
From the 2007 General election, John Kelly running as an Independent in Roscommon-South Leitrim. John Kelly was recently unveiled as a recruit to the Labour Party.
“Imagine an Independent candidate with the balance of power in Your Area” writes Kelly.
Backed by the Hospital Action Committee he polled over 4,500 votes. In the 2009 local elections Valerie Byrne and Paula McNamara both polled over 1000 votes running for the Hospital Action Committee.
There was no Labour candidate in the 2009 local election in Roscommon and one, John Feely in Carrick On Shannon who polled just 285 votes.
It will be interesting to see if Kelly can build on his 2007 vote.
Tom Foxe- Roscommon Hospital Action Committee Flyer from Roscommon 1989 December 12, 2009
From the 1989 General Election where Tom Foxe of the Roscommon Hospital Action Committee was elected. Roscommon Hospital Action Committee had a number of councillors elected in 2009, so twenty years on its still an issue.
The leaflet is printed in the Roscommon colours.
Roscommon Hospital Action Committee -Tom Foxe 1989 September 17, 2009
The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee (H.A.C.) was founded in 1977 and still has a number of councillors (Paula McNamara and Valerie Byrne) in Roscommon today. Eithne Quinn stood for the HAC in the 1987 General Election but failed to be elected. However in 1989 Tom Foxe stood for the HAC and was elected. Below some of his literature from that election. (I have some of his later literature also). He was re-elected for the new constituency on Longford-Roscommon in 1992, however lost his seat in 1997.
Aside from the Hospital issue the Leaflet illustrates some of the issues in the West at the time.