Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Leaflet from Eamon Gilmore- Workers Party- 1989 General Election -Dun Laoghaire January 9, 2013

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet from Eamon Gilmore of The Workers Party who was running in Dun Laoghaire. Having narrowly missed out in the 1987 General Election, it was in this 1989 Election that Gilmore won a seat in the Dail for the first time, a seat he has held since.
The leaflet itself sets out then then aims of The Workers Party and we also have a message to the electorate from Proinsias De Rossa. The 150 words about local issues in Dun Laoghaire gives an idea of some of the problems of the time.




Liam Cosgrave , Henry Dockrell -Fine Gael – 1948 General Election- Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown January 2, 2013

From the 1948 General Election two ads for Fine Gael Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown candidates Liam Cosgrave and Henry M. Dockrell. Liam Cosgrave polled 7,521 votes whilst Henry Dockrell polled 5,133 votes and lost his seat.
Both candidates came from significant political dynasties. Liam Cosgrave being son of WT Cosgrave and father of former TD Liam Cosgrave jnr.
The Dockrell dynasty provided various TDs and Councillors until 2004.



1970s Posters from the Dun Laoghaire Unemployed Action Group October 11, 2012

From the mid 1970s a number of posters from the ‘Dun Laoghaire Unemployed Action Group’ , a group I know little or nothing about.
via the IISH



“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.



From 1992 “If you think Eamon Gilmore Should be re-elected don’t take any chances …give him your No. 1 vote” June 2, 2012

From the 1992 General Election when running for the Democratic Left a leaflet with the headline.. “If you think Eamon Gilmore Should be re-elected don’t take any chances …give him your No. 1 vote”
In this Democratic Lefts first General Election Gilmore was re-elected polling 7,045 votes and comfortably taking the last seat.



Leaflet from Barry Desmond -Labour- November 1982 General Election -Dun Laoghaire April 17, 2012

From the November 1982 General Election a leaflet for Labour candidate in Dun Laoghaire Barry Desmond. Given the short length of time between the two elections in 1982 the leaflet is very similar to the February 1982 one with the same family picture and indeed picture of the candidate himself. The layout is also similar. The main difference being the picture of the trendy ‘youth’.
Barry Desmond was re elected polling 6,130 votes and was subsequently appointed Minister for Social Welfare and Minister for Health.



Thirty years collecting election leaflets February 21, 2012

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This month marks an anniversary of sorts for me, its 30 years since I started collecting election leaflets!
What began as a small pile of Dun Laoghaire Constituency leaflets from the February 1982 election has grown over time to seven plastic crates full of material in my attic and a few hundred leaflets in my office space downstairs and a few old posters too!
30 years later I’m also totally confident in my hobby. For years I felt embarrassed when asking people to keep stuff for me, I got strange looks and was asked umpteen times “What do you want to keep them for?”.
I was lucky too in that relatives and friends of my parents kept material for me and in school and college people kept stuff for me too. Over the years I also wrote letters to parties and candidates requesting material.
The advent of the internet and email really opened up a whole new world for me, not just being able to start this blog but also in the ability to communicate with candidates and parties requesting material.
It has also enabled people to get in contact with me and send me stuff, something which I am eternally grateful for.
I’ve also been able to supply leaflets to people for various needs. Be it leaflets from deceased relatives, museums, exhibitions, leaflets for books , magazines, newspapers, a thesis on women politicians fashion, or even recently leaflets for a TV show. Last week some old leaflets I’d posted were quoted in the Dail.
It has also opened the door for radio and television appearances, interviews, features in newspapers and magazines.
Aside from the physical material I have also collected thousands of election/ political related images and pdf files which are all backed up regularly to an external disk.
Given I’m a one man band and this is only a hobby I still have thousands of leaflets unscanned and yet to be posted.

As ever if you’ve an old or new leaflet lying about , want to see a certain candidate, want some old leaflets to start a collection yourself , then get in touch. irishelectionliterature AT is the email.

Anyway, instead of posting my favourites (of which there are way too many), Here’s some leaflets from that February 1982 election



“Protect Dublin Bay -No Drilling on Our Seafront” -Leaflet from Richard Boyd Barrett -People Before Profit / United Left Alliance February 2, 2012

“Protect Dublin Bay -No Drilling on Our Seafront” another leaflet against the proposed Oil Drilling in Dublin Bay, this time from People Before Profit / United Left Alliance TD Richard Boyd Barrett.



“Dalkey Oil Drilling? -Public Enquiry Needed!” Leaflet from the Green Party January 29, 2012

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A Green Party Leaflet urging a Public Enquiry into the proposed Oil Drilling near Dalkey.

Many Thanks to the Sender


Flyer for “Protect Dublin Bay” Meeting Tuesday 31st January 2012

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You may have read about the proposed off shore oil drilling off Dalkey Island. This leaflet advertises a “Protect Dublin Bay” Meeting Tuesday 31st January 2012 in The Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire.
The Protect Our Coast Website which has more information about

the serious environmental and public concerns associated with the Providence Resources application for a foreshore licence 6km from our beautiful Killiney Bay/Dalkey Island & Dublin/Wicklow coastline.

The Save Our Seafront Campaign are also involved.


Flyer from David Andrews -Fianna Fail -Dun Laoghaire 1997 General Election January 19, 2012

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Fianna Fail candidate David Andrews who was running in Dun Laoghaire. First elected in 1965, this was to be his last election. He polled just under a quota with 8,933 votes and was easily elected. Upon Fianna Fail entering government he was appointed as Minister for Foreign Affairs, a post he held until 2000.



Leaflet from Hugh Lewis -People Before Profit -2009 Local Elections Ballybrack December 9, 2011

From the 2009 Local Elections a leaflet from People Before Profit candidate Hugh Lewis who was running in Ballybrack. Lewis polled 2,175 votes and was easily elected.



From 1973 a leaflet for Labour Dun Laoghaire Candidates Barry Desmond and Flor O’Mahony September 12, 2011

From the 1973 General Election a leaflet for Labour candidates Barry Desmond and Flor O’Mahony who were running in Dun Laoghaire. Desmond polled 5,768 votes and was elected whilst O’Mahony polled 2,072 votes and failed to win a seat.
Many thanks to the sender



August Newsletter from Richard Boyd Barrett – People Before Profit (ULA) -Dun Laoghaire September 5, 2011

The August 2011 Newsletter from People Before Profit (United Left Alliance) TD for Dun Laoghaire , Richard Boyd Barrett. Amongst the many issues covered are Loughlinstown Hospital, Bus cuts, SNA cuts and The Household Tax. There is also a profile of New Councillor Melisa Halpin.



“Mary Mitchell O’Connor -Your new Fine Gael TD for Dun Laoghaire” Leaflet July 13, 2011

A leaflet from New Fine Gael TD for Dun laoghaire Mary Mitchell O’Connor thanking voters and outlining some of Fine Gaels policies in Job Creation.



flyer from Helen Keogh -Progresive Democrats- 1987 General Election Dun Laoghaire June 9, 2011

From the 1987 General Election a flyer from one of three Progressive Democrat candidates in Dun Laoghaire , Helen Keogh. In this the PDs first election, Keogh was initially seen as favourite to win a seat.That changed when Geraldine Kennedy was added to the Progressive Democrat ticket. Kennedy won a seat.
The leaflet focuses on Helen Keogh and not party policy.



Flyer for Eamon Gilmore and Sylvie Batt -Workers Party -1991 Local Elections Ballybrack May 14, 2011

From the 1991 Local Elections a flyer for Workers Party candidates Eamon Gilmore and Sylvie Batt running in the Ballybrack LEA. Gilmore topped the poll and was elected on the first count with over 2000 votes but failed to bring in his running mate Batt who polled 333 first preferences.
The two candidates are pictured with other Dun Laoghaire based candidates in this brilliant  1991 leaflet.


Leaflet from Richard Boyd Barrett -People Before Profit – 2011 General Election Dun Laoghaire May 11, 2011

From the 2011 General Election a flyer from People Before Profit ?United Left Alliance candidate Richard Boyd Barrett who was running in Dun Laoghaire. He polled 6,206 votes and duly won a seat.




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