Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

“Are You Thinking what Harry Is Thinking?” -Harry Rea -Christian Solidarity Party -Cork North Central -2011 General Election September 19, 2012

“Are You Thinking what Harry Is Thinking?” a 2011 General Election flyer from Christian Solidarity Party Cork North central candidate Harry Rea. Rea , who is a likely opponent to the November 2012 Childrens Rights Referendum, polled 324 votes.


Flyer From Bill Dwyer -Fianna Fail -Thurles Town Council -2009 Local Elections September 17, 2012

From the 2009 Local Elections a flyer from Bill Dwyer running for Fianna Fail for Thurles Town Council. He finished 10th just outside the seats.
Many Thanks to the sender.



Niall Andrews, Eileen Lemass, Jim Tunney -Fianna Fail -1984 European Elections -Dublin August 15, 2012

From the 1984 European Elections a leaflet from Fianna Fail Dublin candidates Niall Andrews, Eileen Lemass and Jim Tunney. Lemass and Andrews were elected.



Leaflet from James Lawless – Committee of Twenty – 2012 Fianna Fail Ard Fheis July 26, 2012

Meant to post this up a while back, its a leaflet from James Lawless running for the Committee of Twenty at the 2012 Fianna Fail Ard Fheis. He was successful.
Many thanks to the sender.



“Saoirse” -Leaflet for John Crabbe -Sinn Fein- 1985 Local Elections- South East Inner City July 23, 2012

From the 1985 Local Elections campaign a leaflet from Sinn Fein candidate John Crabbe running in Dublins South East Inner City Ward. Despite , in this five seater,being fourth after the first count on 1,095 votes Crabbe eventually lost out to Andy Smith of The Workers Party in the final count.
The last page of the Leaflet is dedicated to attacking The Workers Party with the headline “Don’t be fooled by the WP”.
Many thanks to the sender.



Leaflet from Gerry Collins -Fianna Fail -1994 European Elections July 15, 2012

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From the 1994 European Elections a leaflet from Fianna Fail Limerick based TD Gerry Collins running in Munster. Collins was elected on this his first attempt at winning a seat in the European Parliament.
Gerry Collins distinguished career is covered and amongst the other items mentioned is his role in releasing hostages including Brian Keenan.



From 1981 a leaflet for (a 25 year old) John O’Donoghue, Tim Chub O’Connor and John O’Leary- Fianna Fail -South Kerry July 12, 2012

From the 1981 General Election a leaflet for Fianna Fail South Kerry candidates John O’Donoghue, Tim Chub O’Connor and John O’Leary. O’Leary won a seat. (Result here)
It was Chub O’Connors last General Election as he failed to regain the seat he lost in 1977. The 1981 General Election was John O’Donoghues first General Election, it was 1987 before he won a seat.

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Leaflet from Eoin O’Coigligh -Ailtirí na hAiséirghe- 1943 General Election Louth July 6, 2012

From the 1943 General Election in Louth a leaflet for Ailtirí na hAiséirghe candidate Eoin O’Coigligh. A Councillor originally elected for Labour, he polled 585 votes.
I’ve more Ailtirí na hAiséirghe material posted which have details of policy etc.



Leaflet from Michael McShane -Fine Gael -1991 Local Elections Rathmines July 3, 2012

From the 1991 Local Elections a flyer from Fine Gael candidate Michael McShane who was running in Rathmines
In 1974 he polled 1,276 votes and narrowly missed out on a seat before being elected in 1979 and reelected in 1985. He polled 507 votes in these 1991 Local Elections and lost his seat.
Many Thanks to the sender.



1997 flyer from Michael Martin, Batt O’Keefe, John Dennehy -Fianna Fail -Cork South Central July 2, 2012

From the 1997 General Election a flyer from Michael Martin, Batt O’Keefe and John Dennehy running for Fianna Fail in Cork South Central. All three were elected.
On the front is the 1997 election picture of Bertie gazing into the distance.



1979 leaflet for Michael D Higgins -Labour Party- Connaught Ulster -European Elections June 27, 2012

From the 1979 European Elections a leaflet from the then Councillor and now President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins running for Labour in Connaught Ulster.
He polled 13,062 votes and failed to win a seat. (Result Here)



Leaflet from Caroline Forde ( Quinn candidate) -Cavan Monaghan -2011 General Election June 26, 2012

From the 2011 General Election a leaflet from Independent Candidate Caroline Forde who was running in Cavan Monaghan. Forde , an employee of the Quinn group was seen as the Sean Quinn candidate and was tipped by many as an outside chance of a seat.
She endorsed “the proposals put forward by the Quinn family for Quinn insurance as by far the only viable solution which will maximise for the people of Cavan / Monaghan the full value and potential for growth, not just in jobs retention but jobs growth in the area.”
She polled 1912 votes and failed to win a seat.



1981 leaflet for Lorcan Allen, Sean Browne, Gus Byrne, Hugh Byrne -Fianna Fail- Wexford June 23, 2012

From the 1981 general election a leaflet from Wexford Fianna Fail candidates Lorcan Allen, Sean Browne, Gus Byrne, Hugh Byrne. The FF ticket would have been unusual in that all four names would have been at the top of the ballot paper. Despite that only Lorcan Allen and Hugh Byrne were elected and Sean Browne lost his seat.
Aside from profiles and a message from the candidates ,We also have Haugheys message to the electorate from that 1981 election.
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Leaflet from Professor Joseph Lee- 1993 NUI Seanad June 15, 2012

From the 1993 Seanad Elections a leaflet from Historian Professor Joseph Lee who was running for a seat on the NUI panel. Lee polled 3,638 votes and was elected. He served just the one term in the Seanad. A noted historian Lee amongst the books he has written are “1912-1985: Politics and Society” and “The Modernisation of Irish Society, 1848-1918″.



1997 Leaflet from Jackie Healy-Rae “Its time South Kerry had a voice to be heard in Dail Eireann” June 11, 2012

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Independent Fianna Fail candidate Jackie Healy-Rae a Farmer, Publican and holder of 3 county championship hurling medals.
In this 1997 General Election, after failing to get a Fianna Fail nomination, despite many years of service to the party, Healy-Rae ran as an Independent and caused a shock as he was elected polling 7,220 votes. He subsequently was one of the four Independents that supported the 1997 to 2002 Fianna Fail government.



1979 leaflet for Fine Gael candidates Michael McDowell, Joe Doyle, Tommy Woods and Finola Gill June 9, 2012

From the 1979 Local Elections a leaflet for Fine Gael candidates Michael McDowell, Joe Doyle, Tommy Woods and Finola Gill (who later married John Bruton). Joe Doyle was elected. McDowell polled 1271 votes, Gill 960 and Woods 497.
McDowell was later a founder member and became leader of The Progressive Democrats.
Old Local Election Results uploaded in excel form here



“Brendan Corish The Man for Ireland” Leaflet from Michael Moynihan 1966 Kerry South By-Election June 8, 2012

From the 1966 Kerry South By-Election a leaflet from Labour Party candidate Michael Moynihan. The by-election was caused by the death of Fianna Fail TD Honor Crowley. The by-election was won by John O’Leary who held the seat until his retirement in 1997. Michael Moynihan polled 4,849 votes. (result here)
On the “Brendan Corish The Man for Ireland” side of the leaflet he mentions how “Munster -with its Land and Labour Leagues was the cradle of the Labour Movement in this country”.



Leaflet from Gerard O’Brien- Fianna Fail -Thurles Town Council 2009 Local Elections May 27, 2012

From the 2009 Local Elections a Leaflet for Gerard O’Brien a Fianna Fail candidate for Thurles Town Council. He polled 266 votes and was elected.
Many thanks to the sender who notes…

In 2009 Gerard O’Brien was elected to Thurles Town Council for Fianna Fáil.
Gerard is an incredible guy who was born without any arms and just one leg due to the Thalidomide drug.
He was a secondary school teacher in Monkstown CBS. Re-trained as a solicitor and founded a practice in Thurles.
He conducted Thurles Folk Group and founded the Phoenix Musical Society.
In 2012 Gerard was appointed State Solicitor for North Tipp and was forced to resign from the Town Council.




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