Irish Election Literature

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Éirígí -‘Poblacht na nOibrithe’ -Earrach 2013 …”Home and Water Taxes Must be Stopped” February 19, 2013

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A leaflet from Éirígí,’Poblacht na nOibrithe’ Earrach 2013 …”Home and Water Taxes Must be Stopped” and a piece on the Eater rising.
Below the leaflet I’ve also included the video “Water Meter Sabotage – An éirígí Step by Step Guide ”
Many Thanks to the sender.
New Eirigi leaflet

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“Dun Laoghaire Newsletter.. Water Rates Abolished:” -Eamon Gilmore -Democratic Left- 1997 General Election Dun Laoghaire July 24, 2012


From the 1997 General Election “Dun Laoghaire Newsletter” from then Minister of State for the Marine and Democratic Left TD Eamon Gilmore running in Dun Laoghaire. The leaflet boasts of Water Rates being abolished.
“Water rates were a form of double taxation on PAYE workers and an unsatisfactory way of funding local Councils” said Gilmore. The leaflet also mentions job creating, outside toilets and crime.
In this 1997 election Gilmore polled 7,534 votes and held the seat he first won in 1989.

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“Can’ Pay -Won’t Pay” Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes Autumn/Winter 2011 Newsletter November 10, 2011


A copy of the ‘Campaign Against Household and Water Taxes’ Autumn/Winter 2011 Newsletter.
Their Website

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“Water Charges will squeeze families dry” – Sinn Fein ‘No Water Charges Campaign’ Newsletter September 26, 2011

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A ‘No Water Charges Campaign’ newsletter as part of the Sinn Fein anti water charges campaign.
The www.nowatercharges.ie website
Many thanks to the sender.


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Sinn Fein anti Water Charges Leaflet September 11, 2010

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I just think this is so simple and effective. They were left around shopping centres and were the same size as a 500 euro note!
Many thanks to the sender.

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“Water Charges and the EU Water Framework Directive” -Peoples Movement 2009 August 1, 2010


A leaflet I picked up from The Peoples Movement entitled “Water Charges and the EU Water Framework Directive“.
The Peoples Movement in part blames the EU for the prospective introduction of Water Charges.

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Martin Walsh -Socialist Party -1997 GE Dublin South Central January 27, 2010


Martin Walsh of The Socialist Party in Dublin South Central in the 1997 General Election. Martin Walsh polled 328 votes. Walsh a shop steward at Packard Electrical in Tallaght from 1987 to 1996 and also had a role with the ATGWU.
Leaflet mentions some of the scandals of the time such as the Hepatitis C and Lowry/Dunne affair.

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“How many Councillors does it take to turn off The Water Tax?”-Democratic Left -1994 January 25, 2010


The Democratic Left were opposed to Water charges, Water Tax or Water Rates. They wanted to put pressure on other councillors to oppose them too.
Looking at the previous years vote thats shown, some Fine Gael and Fianna Fail voted against the charges.
The Government were seen to be bringing in these extra taxes whilst at the same time having the Tax Amnesty.
In 1985 the Councils in Dublin, following the election of councillors such as The Democratic Lefts Eamon Gilmore…….” took a bit of phrasing considering Gilmore was elected for The Workers Party.

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Joe Higgins- Militant Labour -1996 Dublin West By-Election (Leaflet 1 -Water Charges) December 1, 2009


Joe Higgins from the 1996 Dublin West by election, where Brian Lenihan junior won the seat caused by the death of his father Brian Lenihan senior.
Joe was standing for Militant Labour (the forerunner of the Socialist Party) and caused a major shock when he polled just 252 first preferences less than Brian Lenihan.
He was running on an Anti Water Charges platform and must have been very annoyed to find that his Water charges had been paid for him by the council!!

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Owen Poole -Anti Water Charges Campaign 1997 Dublin North-East November 10, 2009


From the 1997 General Election, Anti Water Charges candidate Owen Poole running in Dublin North East.
The ‘template’ for this was also used by The Socialist Party in 1997, although as they were against the Water Charges it may have been a common template.

Poole polled 641 votes.

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Communist Party of Ireland -Anti Water Rates pamphlet from 1983 September 9, 2009


‘Pull The Plug On The Water Rates Fraud’ ask the Communist Party of Ireland in a leaflet from around 1983.  With Water Rates supposedly on their way back, its worth a read.
There is a Join The Communist Party Form at the back.

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