Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Sligo County Council and Corporation Local Election Results 1919 to 2009, Westmeath Co Co 1934 to 2009 October 20, 2012

Another batch of old Local Election results in excel format to add to those already on the site
This time,
Westmeath County Council Local Election Results 1934 to 2009

Sligo Corporation Local Election Results 1919 to 2009

Sligo County Council Local Election Results 1920 to 2009

Some Sligo Leaflets and Westmeath leaflets


Leaflet from Paddy Cooney,Colm Smyth and Seamus Finnan -Fine Gael -1987 General Election -Longford Westmeath August 6, 2012

From the 1987 General Election a leaflet fro Fine Gael candidates Paddy Cooney,Colm Smyth and Seamus Finnan running in Longford Westmeath. Former Minister of Justice Paddy Cooney was elected.



“Straight Talking . Experienced . Honest” – Mary O’Rourke -Fianna Fail -Longford Westmeath 2011 General Election November 9, 2011

From the 2011 General Election aleaflet from Fianna Fail candidate Mary O’Rourke who was running in Longford Westmeath. The long serving TD and Senator failed to hold on to the seat she regained in 2007.



From Fine Gael in 1938 – “Meath Wants No More Migrants!! “ October 18, 2011

From the 1938 General Election and Ad for Fine Gael Meath -Westmeath candidates Michael Sweeney, Patrick Giles and Charles Fagan. Fagan and Giles were elected. Some info on Giles.
The context of “Meath Wants No More Migrants!!” was the foundation of the Gaeltacht at Rathcairn and the influx of Irish Speakers from Connemara.


1987 leaflet from Mary O’Rourke, Albert Reynolds, Henry Abbott- Fianna Fail -Longford Westmeath June 14, 2011

Some big names here in this 1987 election leaflet for Mary O’Rourke, Albert Reynolds and Henry Abbott. Reynolds a former Taoiseach, O’Rourke a former minister and leader of The Seanad, whilst Abbott became a high court judge. In this 1987 General Election, all three were elected in the four seat Longford Westmeath. Abbott lost his seat in 1989.



Leaflet for Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran -Independent (ex FF) -Longford Westmeath -2011 General Election February 7, 2011

From the 2011 General Election campaign a leaflet for former Fianna Fail councillor Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran running as an Independent in Longford Westmeath. Moran was prominent during the flooding in Athlone.



Betty Doran – Green Party -2007 GE Longford Westmeath December 3, 2010

From the 2007 General Election a leaflet for Betty Doran running for the Green Party in Longford Westmeath. A former Labour councillor, she polled 960 votes and failed to win a seat.



Niamh Hogg -Sinn Fein- Westmeath 2002 General Election November 20, 2010

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From the 2002 General Election a leaflet for Sinn Fein candidate Niamh Hogg running in Westmeath. She polled 1,185 votes and failed to win a seat. She later stood without success in the 2004 Local Elections.



Leinster House Visitors Guide -Nicky McFadden -Fine Gael 2009 June 22, 2010

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‘Leinster House Visitors Guide’
A lovely little booklet produced by Fine Gael Senator Nicky McFadden.
Lots of areas are covered including the History of the House itself, our electoral system, famous visitors, The Dail and The Constitution.



From 2002 Paul McGraths Irish World Cup Fixture Guide -Fine Gael -2002 GE June 20, 2010

The 2002 General Election was held on the 17th of May. World Cup Fever wasn’t quite at its height as the Roy Keane Saipan saga didn’t fully start until the 21st of May.
This is a card from Fine Gaels Paul McGrath with his details on the front and the world cup fixtures on the reverse. A number of candidates produced similar cards.
The TDs namesake had retired in 1998.



Willie Penrose -Labour Party -2007 General Election -Westmeath May 24, 2010

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From the 2007 General Election a leaflet for Labour Party candidate Willie Penrose running in Westmeath. First elected in 1992 , Penrose held his seat in 2007.



The System (P.R) Of Voting In Ireland -Paul McGrath -Fine Gael 2001 April 30, 2010

Quite an interesting leaflet produced by Westmeath Fine Gael TD Paul McGrath on ‘The System (P.R) Of Voting In Ireland’.
Explained in detail are the Irish version of Proportional Representation and how it works.There are Sections on the following…
The Tally, County and Mixing of Votes.
Spoiled ballot papers.
Calcualting the quota.
Transferring a Surplus.
What happens to the Votes of an Eliminated candidate?
Being Elected without Reaching the Quota.

There are also details on voter registration and the 1997 General Election count for Westmeath.



Stephen Price -Independent -1992 GE Westmeath April 7, 2010

From the 1992 General Election in Westmeath, Independent candidate Stephen Price.
An Abortion Referendum (Right to Travel , information etc) was held on the same day which led to quite a number of pro-life Independent candidates.
This in part due to Fianna Fail , which had been previously seen as Pro-Life falling out of step with SPUC and others. This in turn led to the setting up of
a number of Parties such as The Christian Principles Party, Christian Solidarity Party and The National Party.
Stephen Price polled 747 votes.



Marie Reddin -Independent -Athlone TC 2009 April 4, 2010

From the 2009 Local Elections. Independent candidate Marie Reddin who was unsuccessful in her attempt at winning a seat on Athone Town Council.



John Henson- Labour Party -Athlone 1991 Local Elections March 3, 2010

From the 1991 Local Elections in Athlone, Labour candidate John Henson. I’ve no idea if he was elected or not. Issues covered include moneylending and gaming machines in Mullingar.



Noel O’Gara -The Planning Reform Party 2007 GE December 19, 2009

The 2007 Manifesto of Noel O’Gara, current owner of Dartmouth Square. He is the only Candidate to have stood for The Planning Reform Party. In 2007 he stood in Dublin South East(27 votes), Laois Offaly (45 votes), Longford Westmeath (84 votes), Roscommon South Leitrim (66 votes) and
he also stood in the 2009 Dublin South by-election (172 votes).
Noel O’Gara is not a fan of planning permission.



Benny Cooney- Independent- Athlone TC 2009 December 4, 2009

For those of you like myself who are consumed with all things elections, Benny Cooneys name may ring a bell.
He polled 18 votes in the 1998 Dublin North by-election, 21 votes in the 1996 Dublin West by-election, has stood on at least eleven occasions and in that time has a top vote of 239 votes. (Benny at
Yet theres not much wrong with his policies….



(Judge) Henry Abbott -Fianna Fail – 1987 Longford-Westmeath December 3, 2009

Another member of the judiciary with a political past, Judge Henry Abbott.
He had one term in the Dail in 1987 (where the specimen ballot paper below is from) before losing his seat in 1989.
Note Helena McAuliffe Ennis has her occupation as ‘senator and housewife’.
She was also the only Labour member of the Oireachtas to join the PD’s in the months after their formation.



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