Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

From 2003 ‘Re-Inventing Democracy’ -A Green Party/Comhaontas Glas Discussion Document on Oireachtas and Institutional Reform October 5, 2010

From 2003 ‘Re-Inventing Democracy’ A Green Party/Comhaontas Glas Discussion Document on Oireachtas and Institutional Reform which I thought might be of interest given the ongoing debates on political Reform.
The Presidency, Dáil Éireann, Seanad Éireann, Regional Government/Local Government, Bunreacht na hÉireann/ The Constitution and Legislative Changes are the areas covered.

I’ve Uploaded the Document in *.PDF format HERE

From the Document “Summary of Proposals in relation to Dáil Éireann”
– Dáil Éireann to sit for 45 of the 52 weeks of the year
– Sittings to be held from Monday afternoons to Friday lunchtimes
– Sittings to begin as early as 9.30am but end no later than 7pm
– Proposals to change Dáil sitting arrangements to be agreed by no less than two thirds of the membership of the Dáil
– Membership of the Dáil to be reduced from 166 members to 130 members
– Membership of the Cabinet to be reduced from 15 members to 12
– The office of Minister of State to be abolished
– Consideration to be given to change electoral system to Dáil Éireann
– Return to the previous system of Leaders’ Question – three days a week on a round robin questioning basis
– Increase powers of Ceann Comhairle obliging members of the government to give full and adequate information to the Dáil
– Increase Private Members Time and allocate on a more regular basis
– Replace adjournment debates with commencement debates chosen through lottery
– Link expenses received to participation in Oireachtas votes
– Give Oireachtas committees powers of compellability
– Allocate Committee Chairs under D’Hondt system
– Change of standing order on the recognition of parties in the Dáil from seven members to five, however formed in the lifetime of the Dáil
– Give all Oireachtas committees the power of compellability
– Outside interest groups to direct input at committee stage of relevant legislation
– Power of Taoiseach to call early election to be removed

The only mention of anything touching Gender is in the Seanad Proposals.
Electoral lists to be constructed to allow for greater participation of women and
minority groupings

Click on the image Below to launch the document in PDF format


Ciaran Cuffe -Green Party -1991 Local Elections -South Inner City September 6, 2010

From the 1991 Local Elections a leaflet for Green Party candidate Ciaran Cuffe running in the South Inner City Ward. Cuffe polled 1,141 votes and was elected comfortably. He retained his seat on Dublin City Council in 1999.
Some nice little bits here. I had forgotten about the proposed Motorway on Clanbrassil Street (Which would probably have the 30 kmh limit now!) also “He is a keen cyclist and has ridden his bicycle coast to coast across the U.S.A.”
Lots of other bibs and bobs about policy and Dublin of the time.
Many thanks to the sender.



The Hazel Tree Seeds ‘Brown Envelope Campaign’ -Ruairi Holohan -Green Party -Blackrock 2009 LE July 12, 2010

From the 2009 Local Elections in Blackrock, a packet of Hazel Tree seeds from Green Party candidate Ruairi Holohan. The seeds were given out as part of the ‘Brown Envelope Campaign’.
A clever device and a decent intention… but not enough to get him elected as he lost his seat. He polled 809 votes.
I wonder how many Hazel Trees were planted?



Betty Reeves -Green Alliance -1985 Local Elections Blackrock June 22, 2010

From the 1985 local elections leaflet for Green candidate the late Betty Reeves. Betty Reeves was a founder member of the Green Party and was elected to the council in 1991.
It is a generic leaflet where the candidates name is stamped on it.



A 2001 leaflet where the then Green Party Councillor Eamon Ryan introduces himself to the voters of Dublin South June 16, 2010

A 2001 leaflet where the then Green Party Councillor Eamon Ryan introduces himself to the voters of Dublin South. Ryan was initially elected as a Councillor for the Rathmines Ward in 1999 (I think he was co-opted onto the council prior to that) and was then switched to Dublin South in the run up to the 2002 General Election.



Leaflet from Trish Forde Brennan -Limerick East -2007 GE June 11, 2010

From the 2007 General Election in Limerick East, a leaflet produced by Green Party candidate Trish Forde Brennan. She polled 1296 votes.
Some interesting ideas such as the Model Sports School in the Leaflet.



Ann McGoldrick -Green Party -Dun Laoghaire 1987 GE

From the 1987 General Election, Green Party candidate Ann McGoldrick running in Dun Laoghaire. She polled 929 votes.
She stood again in 1989 as an Independent where she polled 110 votes.




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