Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

Garreth McDaid – Green Party -Roscommon South-Leitrim 2007 GE May 12, 2010

From the 2007 General Election a leaflet from Garreth McDaid running for the Green Party in Roscommon South Leitrim.
He polled 836 votes and failed to win a seat.
Garreth McDaid is son of Fianna Fail TD Jim McDaid.



Green Alliance Membership form 1983 May 6, 2010

 From 1983 a membership form for The Green Alliance/ Comhaontas Glas.

‘The Green Alliance/ Comhaontas Glas has adopted these seven principles by consensus.’
(at this stage the Party still made decisions by consensus)
1- The impact of society on the environment should not be ecologically disruptive.
2- Conservation of resources is vital to a sustainable society.
3- All political, social and economic decisions should be taken at the lowest effective level.
4- Society should be guided by self-reliance and co-operation at all levels.
5- As caretakers of the Earth, we have the responsibility to pass it on in a fit and healthy state.
6- The need for world peace overrides national and commercial interests.
7- The poverty of two-thirds of the world’s family demands a redistribution of the worlds resources.



‘It’s time to change the government’ -Ciaran Cuffe -Green Party-Dun Laoghaire 2007 General Election May 5, 2010

It’s time to change the government writes Ciaran Cuffe running for the Green Party in Dun Laoghaire in the 2007 General Election. A feeling many share with him 3 years on.
We have his decent record over the previous 5 years as a TD and the plans for the future.



Patricia McKenna -Green Party – 1999 European Elections Dublin April 23, 2010

From the 1999 European Elections in Dublin, Green Party candidate Patricia McKenna. Having suprised many by topping the poll in 1994, Patricia McKenna didn’t top the poll this time but was easily elected.
This leaflet would have been for candidates in the Local Elections held on the same day. Local candidate one side, this image on the other.
Patricia McKenna lost her seat in 2004 and stood as an Independent in the 2009 European Elections.


“Sorry to have missed you!” – Nessa Childers -Green Party -Blackrock 2004 Local Elections Blackrock. April 21, 2010

A Rather Lengthy and verbose ‘Sorry I missed you’ card from Nessa Childers when running for the Green Party in Blackrock in the 2004 Local Elections. Nessa Childers was elected.
She is the daughter of former president of Ireland Erskine Childers. She resigned her council seat in August 2008 citing pressure of work as a psychoanalyst as her reason.
Less than a year later she surfaced as the Labour European Parliament candidate for the East constituency. She was elected and is now a Labour MEP.


Catherine Sweeney – Green Party -1999 Local Elections Ballybrack April 18, 2010

From the 1999 Local Elections in the Ballybrack Ward , Green Party candidate Catherine Sweeney. She polled 853 votes and just missed out on the last seat.


Gerry Boland flyer- Green Party -Dublin South 1997 General Election April 14, 2010

From the 1997 General Election in Dublin South, Green Party candidate Gerry Boland. Gerry Boland polled a respectable 3,539 votes but failed to win a seat.
Boland is an author and prominent in the Vegan and Animal rights movement. He now lives in Roscommon and is involved in a group called ‘Animals in Crisis’.



Claire Wheeler -Green Party -1991 Local Elections -Pembroke April 13, 2010

From the 1991 Local Elections, Green Party candidate Claire Wheeler running in the Pembroke Ward. Claire Wheeler polled 1,060 votes and was elected.
She was joined on Dublin City Council by Green Councillors, John Gormley, Ciaran Cuffe and Siadbh O’Neill.



Tony McDermott -Green Party -2004 LE Terenure /Rathfarnham April 7, 2010

From the 2004 Local Elections Green Party Candidate Tony McDermott who was elected in the Terenure Rathfarnham ward.
Tony McDermott also ran in the 2007 General Election in Dublin South Central polling well but not enough to win a seat.
He failed to hold his Council seat in 2009.



Roger Garland -Green Alliance -1987 Dublin South March 31, 2010

From the 1987 General Election in Dublin South the Green candidate Roger Garland. Garland later became a Ireland’s first Green TD in the 1989 General Election, before losing his seat in 1992.
He had also stood in the Ecology party’s initial electoral outing in November 1982 getting 950 votes in Dublin South.

In 1987 the Green Alliance policies were very much left of centre. There was no mention of such thing as Global Warming or depleting ozone layers. From memory of the times Acid Rain was what we were really scared of. The European Greens got a far bigger mention then in Green Literature, than they do now.
Reposting this leaflet as earlier Garland post had leaflets from 2 different elections.
Click on the images to make them more readable



Catherine Power -Green Party -1991 LE Celbridge March 17, 2010

From the 1991 Local Elections in Kildare, Green Party candidate Catherine Power. She wasn’t elected.
A Green Councillor isn’t in to horse-trading she writes.



Dan Boyle Flyer -Green Party -Cork South Central 1992 March 10, 2010

A flyer from the Cork South Central Green Party candidate,the now Senator, Dan Boyle from the 1992 General Election.
It was his first General election and he polled 1,166 votes.
A few nice lines about building houses rather than motorways, fundamental changes in our taxation system and looking after the young and the elderly.



Eamon Ryan -Green Party- Dublin South 2007 GE March 5, 2010

From the 2007 General Election in Dublin South, Green Party Minister Eamon Ryan. It has a little profile of himself. A list of his achievements over the previous five years, which include being ‘Magill TD of the year 2007′, the creation of ‘No Logo Day’ and a Green Energy Fair in Lepardstown Racecourse.
Then on the reverse “Vote Eamon Ryan No. 1 so that in Government he can …..”
‘Provide better, more affordable housing’ , ‘Invest in faster, safer and cleaner public transport’ , ‘Support parents with young children’, ‘Deliver a proper health care system’ and ‘Develop a new Green economy’.



Letter to Irish Times and Poster advertising First meeting of The Ecology Party of Ireland in 1981 March 1, 2010

In 1981  Christopher Fettes wrote a letter (below) to the Irish Times enquiring if anyone was interested in setting up an Irish Ecology Party. He got around 80 responses. In turn this led to a meeting of all those interested. This is the poster Advertising the first meeting.
The Ecology Party of Ireland did not field any candidates in the February 1982 election, but did field seven candidates
in the November 1982 Election.(Seven candidates were needed to get coverage on RTE). These Seven were Roger Garland in Dublin South (950 votes) ,Maire Mullarney in Dublin South East (312), Aidan Meagher (188) in Dublin North West, Liam DeSuin (463) in Wicklow, Richard Power in Limerick East (177), Owen Casey (1307) Cork South Central and Elizabeth Ryder (319) in Cork South West.
Many members were unhappy with the name of the new Party and with Greens such as Petra Kelly in Germany household names the name of the Party was changed. On April the 12th 1984 ‘The Green Alliance/ An Comhaontas Glas’ formally applied to be registered as a political Party.
Many thanks to the donor.



Niall Ó Brolcháins First Leaflet -Green Party -Galway West February 27, 2010

A leaflet sent out by the now Senator Niall Ó Brolcháin in Galway West. I’m not sure exactly when but I suspect it was prior to the 2002 General Election.
Issues covered include Solving the Waste Crisis, Organic Farming, Green Spaces, Balanced regional development and of course Water Quality.



Enid O’Dowd -Green Alliance -Pembroke 1985 Local Elections February 24, 2010

From the 1985 local elections, the Green Party candidate for the Pembroke Ward, Enid O’Dowd.
Enid O’Dowd polled well but with the likes of well established community activist Carmencita Hederman on the ballot paper it was unlikely she would get in. The Green Party won a seat in Pembroke in the 1991 local Elections through Claire Wheeler.
More recently Enid O’Dowd has been doing some great work on Oireachtas expenses with a number of articles in the Irish Times and an appearance on Liveline.



Trevor Sargent, Joe Corr -Green Party -Dublin North 2007 February 23, 2010

From the 2007 General Election where then Green Party Leader Trevor Sargent ran with a running mate Cllr Joe Corr.
Trevor Sargent was easily elected and Joe Corr polled over 1,300 votes.
The Leaflet is full of the brightness and positive pictures used by Sargent in the past. I see too that he was Magill Politician of the year in 2007



Bernadette Martin- Green Party 2004 LE Drogheda January 30, 2010

Green Party candidate Bernadette Martin from the 2004 Local Elections in Drogheda. In 2004 she writes ‘….they leave Jesse James in charge of the banks” .




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