Irish Election Literature

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“North Meath News” from Seamus McDonagh -Workers’ Party -Kells -2014 Local Elections January 29, 2014

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“North Meath News” a newsletter from Seamus McDonagh who is running for The Workers’ Party in Kells.
The Campaign Facebook Page
Many thanks to the sender



“Medical Kits for S.W.A.P.O.” Collection sheet from Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party March 13, 2013

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Interesting item this illustrating the many international ties many of the Irish political parties had and still have. A “Medical Kits for S.W.A.P.O.” Collection sheet from Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party.
SWAPO being the South West African People’s Organisation who were fighting for independence for what is now Namibia.



“Put A Worker In The Dáil” Poster for Seamus McDonagh -Workers Party -2013 Meath East By-Election March 12, 2013

From the 2013 Meath East By-Election a poster for Workers Party candidate Seamus McDonagh.
His leaflet from the by-election
Many thanks to the sender.


Leaflet from Seamus McDonagh -Workers Party – 2013 Meath East By-Election March 7, 2013

From the forthcoming Meath East By-Election a leaflet from Workers Party candidate Seamus McDonagh with the slogan ‘Put a Worker in the Dail’.
Many thanks to the sender.




Leaflet from Ted Tynan -Workers Party- 2002 General Election -Cork North Central August 19, 2012

From the 2002 General Election a leaflet from Workers Party candidate Ted Tynan running in Cork North Central. Tynan polled 458 votes.



Leaflet from Owen Martin -Workers Party -2004 Local Elections – Finglas July 30, 2012

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From the 2004 Local Elections a leaflet from Owen Martin of The Workers Party running in Finglas. He polled 458 votes and missed out on a seat.



Tommy Foley, Donal Tobin – Workers Party -Tralee -1985 Local Elections July 9, 2012

From the 1985 Local Elections Tommy Foley and Donal Tobin running for the Workers Party for seats on Tralee UDC and Tobin also ran for Kerry County Council. Tobin polled 413 votes in the County Council Elections and failed to win a seat.
Water charges were one of the issues they campaigned on.


Eamon Gilmore leaflets mentioned by Joe Higgins in the Dail last week. February 20, 2012

In a speech in the Dail the last week Joe Higgins referred to some old Eamon Gilmore Leaflets that I’d posted here previously.
Just reposting them again with some of the text from the speech.

Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–I refer to what does not lie, namely, the history of this issue. There was a fresh faced councillor in Dún Laoghaire in the 1980s—–
Deputy Emmet Stagg:   Deputy Boyd Barrett.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–who put out a statement that he was the first councillor in the country to propose and win the abolition of the water rates. The same councillor, in a new manifestation—–
An Ceann Comhairle:   The Deputy is supposed to be asking a supplementary question not giving a lecture on history.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–in Democratic Left in the late 1980s and early 1990s—–

Deputy Joe Higgins:   His thwarted political ambitions have a lot more to do with his outbursts here than anything I can say.
An Ceann Comhairle:   Deputy Higgins, through the Chair please.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   He made your seat in 1987 in campaigns against the local rates.
An Ceann Comhairle:   I am going to call an end to this if the Deputy does not conclude.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   In a new reincarnation, Democratic Left—–
Deputy Brendan Howlin:   In 1872.
Deputy Joe Higgins:   —–he stated that the PAYE taxpayers whom his party represented had already paid enough tax for local services and should not have to pay again. …..

I’ve a section dedicated to Gilmore leaflets here


Leaflet from Michael Finnegan -Workers Party- Dublin Mid West- 2011 GE May 31, 2011

From the 2011 General Election a leaflet from Michael Finnegan of The Workers Party who was running in Dublin Mid West. Finnegan the President of The Workers Party, polled 694 votes.



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.


Liz Hackett, Michael Donnelly and Stan McEoin -Workers Party -1991 LE Galway December 27, 2010

From the 1991 Local Elections an ad for Workers Party candidates Liz Hackett, Michael Donnelly and Stan McEoin who were running in the Galway area. Liz Hackett, who was a sitting councillor lost her seat and Donnelly and McEoin both failed to win seats.


Renee Prendergast -Official Sinn Fein -1975 Galway By-Election November 3, 2010

These few clippings are from the 1975 Galway West By Election caused by the death of Fianna Fail TD John Geoghegan and won by his daughter Maire Geoghegan Quinn.
They give an illustration of OSF policy and thinking at the time . Considering it was 1975 the quote of “Our minerals, oil and gas which successive governments have sold out must be taken back by the Irish people” still holds fairly true.
Renee Prendergast polled 656 votes.
Clippings from The Galway Advertiser.



Catherine Murphy -The Workers Party -1989 General Election -Kildare June 8, 2010

From the 1989 General Election a leaflet from Workers Party candidate Catherine Murphy who was running in Kildare. She polled 1,520 votes.
On the same day she was also running in Leinster in the European Elections where she polled 7,089 votes.
Initially elected to Leixlip Town Commission in 1988, she was elected to Kildare County council in 1991 running for the Workers Party.She stood for the Democratic Left in the 1992 and 1997 General Elections before standing for Labour in the 1999 Local Elections. She resigned from Labour and stood as an Independent in the 2004 local elections and sensationally won the 2005 by-election before losing her seat in the 2007 General Election. She topped the poll in in the 2009 Local elections.
Many of the policies and issues mentioned are as relevant now as they were in 1989.

Catherine Murphys Website and Catherine Murphy at



1990 Leaflet on Overcrowding in College from The Workers Party May 25, 2010

From 1990 a leaflet on Overcrowding in College produced by The Workers Party.
Presumably a lot of it is still relevant today.
Overcrowding demonstrably affects us all, regardless of place of study, and in all aspects of our student-life: lectures, libraries, catering, accommodation and safety. The greatest irony, however, is that the increased pressures placed on students by overcrowding may well lead to increased failure-rates and ultimately decreased graduate numbers!

The Workers’ Party believes education is not a luxury. It is vital for our economic growth, for a healthy political democracy and for the future well-being of our society. We are totally opposed to all cutbacks, either direct or indirect, in the education system.



Eamon Gilmore -Workers Party -1987 General Election Dun Laoghaire May 15, 2010

From the 1987 General Election, the now Labour Party Leader Eamon Gilmore running for the Workers Party in Dun Laoghaire.
Although polling a respectable 4,054 votes he failed to get in. He did though increase from his November 1982 total and build on the winning of a Council seat in 1985. In the 1989 General Election he was elected.
The Roches Hill Compensation scandal referred to was where in 1986 the Council paid out £2.375 million in compensation for refusal of a residential development at Roches Hill in Killiney, the land had been bought for £40,000. To add insult to injury even after the compensation,the Council did not become the owner of the land.



Mick Finnegan-Workers Party 2007 Dublin Mid West April 5, 2010

From the 2007 General Election, Workers Party candidate Mick (Michael) Finnegan running in Dublin Mid West where he polled 366 votes. A native of Cavan, Mick Finnegan is currently President of The Workers Party.



‘Fight your corner -Dont Emigrate’ -Sinn Fein / Republican Clubs posters from the 1970s March 29, 2010

From the 1970s a selection of images of  Republican Clubs and Sinn Fein posters kindly sent to me by a donor.
An Anti EEC poster presumably from the 1973 Referendum (with the Slogan Fight your corner – Don’t Emigrate), a poster criticising The Cosgrave Government , a Republican Clubs poster and one also for the Freeing of all Political Prisoners.
This version of Sinn Fein / Republican Clubs was the precursor of Sinn Fein The Workers Party which became The Workers Party although I’m not 100% sure they all are.



‘Stop the Extradition of Sean Garland’ leaflet -Support Sean Garland Campaign 2010 March 21, 2010

A ‘Stop the Extradition of Sean Garland’ leaflet given out in Galway on March 20th 2010. Argues Sean Garlands case as well as a piece by The Rev Chris Hudson praising Sean Garland.
Other supporters of The Support Sean Garland Campaign mentioned included Cllr Mannix Flynn and Cllr Eamon Tuffy.
(many thanks to the donor)




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