Irish Election Literature

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Leaflet from Máire Kirrane – The National Party (Catholic Democrats) -1997 General Election -Dublin South East July 31, 2014

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from Máire Kirrane who was running for The National Party which had been founded by Nora Bennis in the wake of her run in the 1994 European Elections. They are now called The Catholic Democrats and Theresa Heaney ran for them in the 2014 European Elections
Máire Kirrane polled 1,169 votes and missed out on a seat.
Many thanks to the sender.




A Rather extreme Pro Life Leaflet from the ‘Childrens Protection Society’ June 18, 2013

A Rather extreme Pro Life Leaflet from the ‘Childrens Protection Society’ which was recently delivered to TDs and Councillors all over the country. The leaflet is signed by John Clerkin. I’m wondering if its the same person who ran in 1991 with the slogan ‘Jobs for Youth – Not Condoms’ (Leaflet here)
Apologies if anyone is offended but the leaflet illustrates the type of material public representatives have been subjected to in recent times.

Many Thanks to the sender.




1995 Youth Defence Leaflet -“John Paul II speaks…to Youth Defence” December 12, 2012

A Youth Defence Leaflet about two of their senior members Niamh Nic Mhathúna (now Niamh Uí Bhriain) and John Heaney meeting the Pope.

On Friday, 4th August 1995 Niamh Nic Mhathuna (Chairwoman) and John Heaney (Campaign Co-ordinator) of Youth Defence received an invitation to attend the Private Mass of His Holiness Pope John Paul II and afterwards to meet with the Holy Father at Castelgandolfo.

After Mass the Holy Father spoke to Niamh and John and gave them his undivided attention, stressing the importance of Youth Defence’s pro-life work. As the audience ended the Holy Father himself summoned the Vatican Photographers to record the event.




“Children are not Pawns -Vote No” Leaflet from The Children’s Rights Referendum November 13, 2012

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From the Children’s Rights Referendum Campaign, a rather scary leaflet “Children are not Pawns -Vote No” from a group called ‘Clan Na Gael’.
Many Thanks to the sender.



Darragh O’Reilly -Christian Solidarity Party – Dublin South West 2002 General Election April 2, 2012

From the 2002 General Election a leaflet from Darragh O’Reilly running for the Christian Solidarity Party in Dublin South West.  A former Principal of Tallaght Community School, O’Reilly polled 760 votes.
In the 1979 Local Elections he stood for Fianna Fail in the Whitechurch (Rathfarnham) ward winning 1334 votes but failed to win a seat.



Gerard Casey -Christian Solidarity Party -1999 European Elections Dublin July 29, 2011

From the 1999 European Elections a leaflet from Gerard Casey of the Christian Solidarity Party who was running in Dublin. He polled 9,425 votes (over 3%).



Spring 2011 ‘Dóchas’ Newsletter from the Christian Solidarity Party July 15, 2011

From Spring 2011 ‘Dóchas’ a Newsletter from the Christian Solidarity Party. I’ve uploaded it in pdf HERE or click on the image below to launch.

A few quotes from the newsletter.

On that note Daire Fitsgerald, our Candidate in the most liberal constituency in the country got 434 first preferences, did very well on the RTÉ Frontline programme and I believe his campaign in that constituency was instrumental in preventing Ivana Bacik from getting elected.

For the first time this century our party’s vote has not fallen, it has risen. Not only has it risen beyond the vote received in the 2007 general election, it has risen beyond the percentage of the vote received when the pro-life vote collapsed in 2002. Over-all our vote increased by more than 23%. For every 4 votes we received in 2007 we received almost 5 in 2011. Our share of the contested vote was even more impressive with an increase of 30% from 0.42% of the vote to 0.55%.


Leaflet from Declan Waters -“Independent Pro-Life Christian Democrat” -Waterford -2011 General Election June 6, 2011

A leaflet from “Independent Pro-Life Christian Democrat” Declan Waters who was running in the 2011 General Election Waterford. In the leaflet amongst other things he mentions is that he “is running for the fourth time for Dail Eireann”. In 1997 he ran for ‘The National Party‘ , in 2002 he ran for the Christian Solidarity Party , in 2007 he ran as an Independent.
In this 2011 election he polled 222 votes. (his record at



Christian Solidarity Party “Born in the 90s for the next Millennium” -1996 leaflet March 29, 2011

A 1996 leaflet from the Christian Solidarity Party with the title “Born in the 90s for the next Millennium”.
The leaflet attacks the Rainbow government, The Democratic Left, Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Labour and the PDs. All of which had been in government at some stage over the previous ten years.

“The CSP question and will continue to question how Ireland has benefited from the raft of jaded ideologically driven anti-social and anti-family legislation which the political parties , in and out of office, have rail roaded through the houses of the Oireachtas”

The CSP fielded 8 candidates in the 1997 General Election of which 5 polled over 1,000 votes.



Leaflet from Manus MacMeanmain -Christian Solidarity Party -Meath West February 22, 2011

From the 2011 General Election campaign a Leaflet from Manus MacMeanmain of The Christian Solidarity Party running in Meath West. Amongst other themes we have the CSP attack the bailout, State money being given to The Irish Family Planning Association and the media.



Dana Rosemary Scallon -Independent- 2002 General Election -Galway West December 18, 2010

From the 2002 General Election ads for Independent candidate Dana Rosemary Scallon running in Galway West.
Having polled well in the 1997 Presidential Election and been elected to the European Parliament in 1999, Dana was expected to poll well. However she polled just 1,677 votes in this 2002 election and failed to win a seat.



1997 Christian Solidarity Party 28 page Manifesto with containing “specific proposals in summary form” September 23, 2010

From around 1997 A Christian Solidarity Party Manifesto containing “specific proposals in Summary form”.
At that time, led by Gerard Casey (who polled 2000 votes in the 1997 Election in Dun Laoghaire) the policies here seemed reasonable enough especially compared to some of their later material.
uploaded in pdf form HERE


A copy of the Christian Solidarity Party Website from 2003 September 13, 2010

From 2003 a copy of the Christian Solidarity Party Website
The website was up for just over two years.
Click HERE or on the image below to open.


“Pheww! That was close! ..” Anti Levonelle Leaflet from the Christian Solidarity Party in 2003 September 9, 2010

From 2003 A leaflet issued by the Christian Solidarity Party against the availability of Levonelle. Levonelle is a morning after pill that works up to 72 hours after intercourse.
There were arguments about if it was covered or not by the various Abortion Referenda. Where it was seen by many as a contraceptive it was thought of by Pro Life lobby as an ‘Abortion Pill’.



Endorsed by Eddie O’Sullivan…Rónán Mullen -2007 Seanad Election July 8, 2010

From the 2007 NUI Seanad election a leaflet for Independent Senator Rónán Mullen. Rónán Mullen was elected.
His endorsements include the then Ireland rugby coach Eddie O’Sullivan.



‘A Godless Empire’ -‘Protect Our Christian Values’ – Vote No To Lisbon -Coir Leaflet from first Lisbon Referendum June 23, 2010

From the first Lisbon Referendum Campaign a Coir leaflet with the headline ‘A Godless Empire’ . Pope Benedict is quoted too ‘Don’t deny your Christian roots’. ‘Protect Our Christian Values‘ and Vote No To Lisbon.



Joe MacDonough -The National Party -1997 Dublin North West June 10, 2010

From the 1997 General Election a leaflet for Joe MacDonough running for The National Party in Dublin North West. He polled 614 votes.
The National Party was set up after Nora Bennis (who became Party Leader) polled surprisingly well in the 1994 European Elections running as an Independent.
In 1992 Joe MacDonough had run for the Christian Centrist Party and got 741 votes.



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.




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