A 1991 Local Elections leaflet for Marian White of The Workers Party running in Blackrock. She narrowly missed out on winning a seat. The leaflet also has a message from Eamon Gilmore.
John Dockrell, Aine Elliott -Fine Gael -1991 Local Elections Blackrock November 24, 2010
From the 1991 Local Elections a flyer for Fine Gael candidates Aine Elliot and John Dockrell running in Blackrock. John Dockrell held on to his seat whilst Aine Elliot lost hers.
John Dockrell is the son of former TD Percy Dockrell, grandson of former TD Henry Morgan Dockrell, great grandson of Sir Maurice Dockrell a former Unionist MP. He is also brother of former councillor William Dockrell.
From the 2002 General Election a leaflet from Labour candidates Eamon Gilmore and Niamh Bhreathnach running in Dun Laoghaire. Gilmore polled 8,271 votes and was easily elected. Bhreathnach polled 3,893 votes and missed out.
It was Gilmores first General Election standing for Labour.
‘Labours Charter to protect our Local Environment’ -Niamh Bhreathnach 1991 Local Elections Blackrock November 11, 2010
From the 1991 Local Elections a leaflet from Labour candidate Niamh Bhreathnach running in the Blackrock Ward where she was elected.
The focus of the leaflet is on Environmental issues such as Booterstown Marsh.
It was at this time that ‘Environmental Issues started taking a bigger role in election leaflets , in part to do with the potential rise in the Green Party vote.
Mary Rachel Brophy , William Dockerell -Fine Gael -1999 LE Blackrock November 6, 2010
From the 1999 Local Elections a flyer for Fine Gael candidates Mary Rachel Brophy and William Dockrell running for Fine Gael in Blackrock.
Mary Rachel Brophy would be best known for her founding of ‘Festina Lente‘ which uses Horses and horticulture to provide “a range of training, occupational, learning and employment opportunities for people whose needs are not being met in mainstream services”.
William Dockrell has an impressive political pedigree. He is the son of former TD Percy Dockrell, grandson of former TD Henry Morgan Dockrell, great grandson of Sir Maurice Dockrell a former Unionist MP. He is also brother of former councillor John H. Dockrell.
From the 1992 General Election a leaflet from the then Democratic Left TD Eamon Gilmore running in Dun Laoghaire.
Some lovely slogans in ‘One of The Best‘ and ‘Make Sure Vote Gilmore‘.
We get details of how much Gilmore speaks in the Dail. The Leaflet also mentions that Gilmore ‘began the organisation of the first Peace Train‘.
(I had my doubts but here he is at the First Peace Train.)
We learn too that “He helped lead the campaign to reform his old party, and was one of the first to leave to form Democratic Left” (Should read to form New Agenda which became Democratic Left).
Gilmore was elected easily having polled 7,045 votes.
From the run up to the 1987 General Election a Leaflet with Calendar and New Years Message from Fianna Fail Dun Laoghaire candidate Richard Conroy. Conroy had four previous attempts running for Fianna Fail in General Elections and had failed to win a seat. Here in 1987 he polled 2897 votes and again missed out. (His record at Electionsireland.org).
Conroy is founder and director of Conroy Diamonds and Gold, a mining and exploration company as well as Conroy Petroleum.
Flyer for Barry Andrews -Fianna Fail -2002 GE Dun Laoghaire October 14, 2010
From the 2002 General Election a leaflet for Fianna Fail candidate Barry Andrews running in Dun Laoghaire. It was his first General Election and he won a seat. His father is former Minister David Andrews. He is a nephew of former TD and MEP Niall Andrews and cousin of current Fianna Fail TD Chris Andrews as well as RTE broadcaster Ryan Tubridy. His grandfather was Todd Andrews.
“..Substance and policy are more important than style and performance”- Eamon Gilmore 1992 Letter to Voters October 11, 2010
From the 1992 General Election in Dun Laoghaire a letter to voters from the Democratic Lefts Eamon Gilmore.
One line in particular stands out “….that substance and policy are more important than style and performance”.
Eamon Gilmore was elected, which was a decent performance considering the Spring Tide.
From February 1982 ‘Voters of Dun Laoghaire. For Your Future’ Vote Andrews, O’Donoghue, O Méalóid -Fianna Fail October 8, 2010
From the February 1982 General Election a leaflet from Fianna Fail in Dun Laoghaire. ‘Voters of Dun Laoghaire. For Your Future’ Vote Andrews, O’Donoghue, O Méalóid.
David Andrews and Martin O’Donoghue both held their seats, Clare O Méalóid polled 945 votes and failed to get in.
From the 2009 Local Elections in Blackrock an election leaflet from Independent candidate (and former PD councillor) Victor Boyhan. Interestingly, a page of it is taken up with a message of support from Paul McGrath. McGrath and Boyhan spent many years together in the “Birds Nest” home on York Road in Dun Laoghaire and later down in Monkstown.
In McGraths acclaimed book “Back from the Brink” Victor Boyhan gets a number of mentions. Including “…he became one of the most outspoken voices in ensuring that Smyly Trust Homes would be covered under the State Redress Scheme, investigating the abuse of children.“
Boyhan who lost his seat in 2004 regained it here in 2009.
“How to Double Your Vote on Friday” -Helen Keogh -Progressive Democrats -1997 General Election September 30, 2010
From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Progressive Democrat candidate Helen Keogh with the striking headline “How to Double Your Vote on Friday”.
By voting for Helen Keogh you were also voting to put Mary Harney into government, hence doubling your vote.
Helen Keogh lost her seat.
Eoin Ryan , Barry Andrews, Mary Hanafin -”Your team at home and away” – 2004 European Elections Dublin September 21, 2010
From the 2004 European Elections a Dun Laoghaire Leaflet for Fianna Fail candidate Eoin Ryan. Pictured on the Front of the leaflet with Dun Laoghaire TDs Barry Andrews and Mary Hanafin with the slogan “Your team at home and away”.
Eoin Ryan was elected. He lost his seat in 2009.
A Message from Liz O’Donnell TD (asking to vote for Victor Boyhan) -2004 LE Blackrock September 15, 2010
From the 2004 Local Elections a letter from Liz O’Donnell asking for a vote for Victor Boyhan. Oddly enough O’Donnell wasn’t a TD for the area.
Despite polling 1,433 votes (3rd after the first count in a four seater) Boyhan lost his seat. He regained it running as an Independent in 2009.
One of my favourite Eamon Gilmore Leaflets. This one is from the 1997 General election when the then Minister of State for the Marine was running for the Democratic Left.
The casual picture of him walking the dog on the beach (Killiney beach?) to him purposefully strolling around the new ferry terminal in Dun Laoghaire.
There is also small pictures of him doing activities such as fishing and meeting people like Neil Kinnock.
The ‘NIREX dump’ refered to was a proposed underground nuclear waste dump near Sellafield.