Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

1977 Sinn Fein The Workers Party letter regarding “plans for the forthcoming General Election” August 11, 2015

From February 1977 a letter from Tony Heffernan to members of Sinn Fein The Workers Party outlining some of the partys “plans for the forthcoming General Election”.


Leaflet from Sean Walsh -Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party -1977 General Election – Carlow Kilkenny December 18, 2014

From the 1977 General Election a leaflet from Sean Walsh of Sinn Fein The Workers Party running in Carlow Kilkenny. He polled 1666 votes and missed out on a seat.




“Eolas” – International Newsletter of Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party -November/December 1977 October 23, 2013

The November/December 1977 edition of “Eolas” the International Newsletter of Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party. An interesting read with details of Sean McBrides Lenin Peace prize, The Campaign against the Neutron Bomb, an Oil refinery in Dublin Bay, release Peter Hands , unemployment and other issues.

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From December 1977 -Sinn Fein The Workers Party ‘Notes & Comments’ May 29, 2013

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From December 1977 “Sinn Fein The Workers Party ‘Notes & Comments’ ” a newsletter for members outlining various party issues . There are suggested ways of raising funds via extra newspaper sales. The roles of party branches is discussed,  The new printing press is mentioned as are the forthcoming European Elections and other matters.



“Medical Kits for S.W.A.P.O.” Collection sheet from Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party March 13, 2013

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Interesting item this illustrating the many international ties many of the Irish political parties had and still have. A “Medical Kits for S.W.A.P.O.” Collection sheet from Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party.
SWAPO being the South West African People’s Organisation who were fighting for independence for what is now Namibia.



Leaflet from Paddy Gallagher -Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party- 1981 General Election -Waterford June 13, 2012

From the 1981 General Election a leaflet from Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party candidate Paddy Gallagher who was running in Waterford. Gallagher, who had been elected to Waterford Corporation in 1974, polled 3,463 votes in this 1981 General Election and failed to win a seat. The drop in vote from 1977 could be in part explained by the presence of H-Block candidate Kevin Lynch on the ballot paper.
Gallagher was elected to the Dail in February 1982 , however he lost his seat in the November 1982 General Election.



Joe Sherlock -Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party – 1981 General Election Cork East December 10, 2011

From the 1981 General Election, a historic election for Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party as Joe Sherlock became their first TD (since the split). Sherlock was first elected to Cork County Council in 1974.
.His electoral record at
He is the father of current Labour TD Sean Sherlock


Leaflet from John McManus -Sinn Fein the Workers Party -1977 General Election Wicklow April 5, 2011

From the 1977 General Election a leaflet from Sinn Fein the Workers Party candidate John McManus running in Wicklow. McManus polled 1,231 votes. Amongst the other names on the ballot paper that day was Seamus Costello.
Amongst the issues mentioned in the leaflet are Jobs, Prices, Family planning law, divorce, equal pay , Peace, land and Fishing



Renee Prendergast -Official Sinn Fein -1975 Galway By-Election November 3, 2010

These few clippings are from the 1975 Galway West By Election caused by the death of Fianna Fail TD John Geoghegan and won by his daughter Maire Geoghegan Quinn.
They give an illustration of OSF policy and thinking at the time . Considering it was 1975 the quote of “Our minerals, oil and gas which successive governments have sold out must be taken back by the Irish people” still holds fairly true.
Renee Prendergast polled 656 votes.
Clippings from The Galway Advertiser.



Jimmy Brick, Tony Coffey,Billy Dillon -Sinn Fein The Workers Party -1979 Local Elections Galway October 14, 2010

Was sent this flyer from the 1979 Local Elections campaign in Galway. Jimmy Brick, Tony Coffey and Billy Dillon of Sinn Fein The Workers Party.
Jimmy Brick was a long time stalwart of the Workers Party who stood in five General Elections in Galway West and also in two European Elections. Brick left in 1990 in part over the fuss created by Eamon Smullens ‘Necessity of Social Democracy’ pamphlet. Others to leave at the time included Eoghan Harris and John Cadden.

Tony Coffey stood in the 1977 General Election and later in the 1979 European Elections. In 1981 he stood as an Independent.A former Bus driver ,he also had a spell as leader of the Galway Council of Trade Unions.

Elect a Worker -Its All a Question of class.
None of the three were elected.
Billy Dillon polled 247 votes ,Jimmy Brick polled 151 votes ,Tony Coffey polled 306 votes for the City Council and 872 votes in the County Council elections.


‘Fight your corner -Dont Emigrate’ -Sinn Fein / Republican Clubs posters from the 1970s March 29, 2010

From the 1970s a selection of images of  Republican Clubs and Sinn Fein posters kindly sent to me by a donor.
An Anti EEC poster presumably from the 1973 Referendum (with the Slogan Fight your corner – Don’t Emigrate), a poster criticising The Cosgrave Government , a Republican Clubs poster and one also for the Freeing of all Political Prisoners.
This version of Sinn Fein / Republican Clubs was the precursor of Sinn Fein The Workers Party which became The Workers Party although I’m not 100% sure they all are.



Tomás MacGiolla -‘Dublin People’ -Workers Party Paper- 1994 European Elections. February 4, 2010

The Late Tomás MacGiolla from the 1994 European Elections. Although not winning a seat, he polled respectably.
This is a freesheet given out during the campaign. It highlights The Workers Party policy on the EU.  From the paper you can see how proud Tomás MacGiolla was to have been Lord Mayor of Dublin . The issues of the day both European and domestic are shown too. The real isssue though was jobs….

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