Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Derek Nally -Independent -1997 Presidential Election June 18, 2010


From the 1997 Presidential Election a leaflet for Independent candidate (and only Male to stand) Derek Nally. Nally received 59,529 votes.
The Tipperary native was resident in Bunclody County Wexford at the time. The retired Garda Sergeant managed to get nominated by five County Councils to run. These were Wexford, Clare, Carlow, Kildare and South Dublin County Councils.

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Mary Banotti -Fine Gael -1997 Presidential Election March 11, 2010


From the 1997 Presidential Election, Fine Gael candidate Mary Banotti. Mary Banotti polled almost 30% of the vote in a contest won by Mary McAleese. In the wake of Mary Robinsons success, of the five candidate (an unprecedented number) four were women, Dana, Mary McAleese, Adi Roche and Mary Banotti with Derek Nally the sole male candidate.
Mary Banotti had both tradition, being in the Michael Collins bloodline and a career of caring to do well. Also even in 1997 it was unusual for a politician to announce they were separated.

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‘Dana’ Rosemary Scallon – 1997 Presidential Election Leaflet October 12, 2009


The 1997 Presidential Election was Dana’s first election. She finished third polling over 175,000 first preferences. Encouraged by that performance she was elected an MEP for Connaught-Ulster in 1999. She then contested Galway West in 2002 but fared badly. In 2004 she lost her European Parliament seat being eliminated before the final count.
She didn’t actually say much on this leaflet, although voters would have known her conservative views.

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Adi Roche -1997 Presidential Election October 8, 2009


Adi Roche, the highly respected Founder of The Chernobyl Children’s Project ran in the 1997 Presidential election. She  had been nominated by the Labour Party, Democratic Left and Green Party.

She was expected to do well and was an early favourite to replace Mary Robinson. However stories of Bullying by a former workmate surfaced during the campaign and her chance went.

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Mary McAleese – ‘Building Bridges’ – 1997 Presidential Election September 10, 2009


A Leaflet for President Mary McAleese from the 1997 Presidential Election. The Slogan and theme of the campaign being ‘Building Bridges’.
Interesting to note that she was a joint Fianna Fail /Progressive Democrat candidate.

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