Irish Election Literature

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Fine Gael Cabinteely Branch Newsletter May 1977 July 5, 2019

The Fine Gael Cabinteely Branch Newsletter no.4 from May 1977. There’s a focus on Sam Carroll and Sean Barrett as well as issues such as phones in Ballybrack, Cabinteely Community School and other issues.
Many thanks to the sender.



Leaflet from Sean Barrett – Trinity Seanad #Seanad16 #TCDSeanad March 27, 2016

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A leaflet from Sean Barrett who is running to retain his Seanad seat on the Trinity Panel.
His website



“Vote No To Keep Our Seanad” -Ads from the Save Our Seanad group October 3, 2013

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“Vote No To Keep Our Seanad” , a number of ads from the Save Our Seanad group which Senator Sean Barrett is involved in.
Their Website



2002 Election Leaflet endorsement from Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary for Sean Barrett – Trinity Seanad September 20, 2011

From a 2002 newspaper style leaflet “The Choice For Trinity” issued by Trinity Seanad candidate Sean Barrett an endorsement by Ryanair chief and Trinity graduate Michael O’Leary.
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Flyer from Sean Barrett and Mary Mitchell O’Connor -Fine Gael -Dun Laoghaire February 14, 2011

From the 2011 General Election campaign a flyer for Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire candidates Sean Barrett and Mary Mitchell O’Connor. Fine Gael are in with a shout of two seats here.


Sean Barrett Letter to Constituents outlining Rainbow Governments achievements -Fine Gael -1997 Dun Laoghaire May 28, 2010

From the 1997 General Election in Dun Laoghaire, a letter from Fine Gael TD Sean Barrett to constituents outlining the achievements of the Rainbow Coalition.
Sean Barrett was first elected in 1981, was reelected each time until he retired in 2002 before answering the call and standing at the 2007 General Election when he again won a seat.


Monica Barnes, Sean Barrett, Liam Cosgrave-Fine Gael -Dun Laoghaire Feb 1982 March 1, 2010

From the february 1982 General election in Dun Laoghaire. The Fine Gael candidates Monica Barnes, Sean Barrett and Liam Cosgrave. Sean Barrett and Liam Cosgrave were both elected.



Alan Dukes Led Fine Gael- Dun Laoghaire 1989 November 3, 2009

An Alan Dukes led Fine Gael in the 1989 General election. “Putting the Country First” was the Slogan. The Tallaght strategy is not mentioned by name but refered to as ‘The revolution of Consensus Politics’. The ‘Alan’ of his signature looks as if it may have a letter or two too many.

The familiar Barnes , Barrett, Cosgrave ticket was running for Fine Gael. Both Barnes and Barrett held their seats.




1997 Rainbow Government- “Partnership Works” slogan September 23, 2009

In 1997 the Rainbow government went to the country looking for a new term. It was an already agreed joint platform which is highly
unusual. Each party had a ‘Partnership works’ slogan on their literature asking voters to continue their preferences to other
Government parties.
They also produced a joint policy document. And some joint election material.
In previous times Fine Gael/Labour had on occassion asked voters to continue preferences to the other party. At times it was unrequited as Fine Gael asked , but Labour didn’t. Indeed there are examples here where Fine Gael asked for Transfers to Labour where no Labour Party candidate stood.


Barnes, Barrett, Cosgrave -Fine Gael -Dun Laoghaire November 1982 September 10, 2009

Monica Barnes, Sean Barrett and Liam Cosgrave running for Fine Gael in the November 1982 General Election in Dun Laoghaire. All three were elected as Fine Gael took 3 seats, Barry Desmond a seat for Labour and David Andrews a seat for Fianna Fail.

The candidates pictures haven’t changed since Feb either, indeed some candidates used the same pictures for the three elections that were in quick succession.That Barnes, Barrett, Cosgrave ticket ran for five successive elections for Fine Gael in Dun Laoghaire. They all stood in the 1981 General election too, but Aine Elliot was also on the ticket.

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‘He puts the Nation First’ -Fine Gael – Dun Laoghaire February 1982

From the second of the three elections held within 18 months a Fine Gael leaflet from Dun Laoghaire. The candidates were Monica Barnes, Liam Cosgrave and Sean Barrett.
‘He puts the Nation First’ was the slogan for that Election. In part a dig at Haughey.
The reasons surrounding the budget defeat are listed and Fine Gaels plans also.
‘Garret’ was also now on first name terms with the electorate. Since then…’Charlie’ ,’Bertie’ and not too many more.
Garrets message could apply almost word for word today.
Liam Cosgrave and Sean Barrett were both elected.

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