Irish Election Literature

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Some Oliver J Flanagan pictures, newspaper cuttings and leaflets December 13, 2013


A bumper post of pictures, newspaper cuttings and leaflets that Charlie Flanagan kindly pictured and sent me (many thanks again).
The first two pictures are from the 1969 General Election Campaign.
Then we  have a 1981 General Election flyer from Oliver J Flanagan, Johny Butterfield, Tom Enright and Charlie McDonald (Oliver J Flanagan and Tom Enright were elected  result here).
Then the front page of the Irish Times from August 18th 1953 where Oliver J ‘took his jacket off’ ! , he was campaigning in the Galway South By Election.
The a great clipping of Charlie Flanagan and Brian Cowen from the 1987 General Election Campaign.
Then some invites to the 1975 and also the 1976 Fine Gael Ard Fheis.
Finally a picture from the 1966 Presidential Platform.
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From 1969 “Let’s build the New Republic…..this time vote Labour” October 10, 2013

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From the 1969 General Election a Labour Party ad that appeared in the June 1969 edition of Woman’s Way magazine. “Let’s build the New Republic…..this time vote Labour” . Pictured is Brendan Corish with School Children with the text focusing on emigration and Labours plans for full employment.
Many thanks to the sender.
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From Fine Gael 1969 “Wouldn’t you like a better Social Welfare system?” July 25, 2013

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From the 1969 General Election campaign an ad from Fine Gael from Womens Way Magazine. The Ad features Richie Ryan the ‘shadow minister of health an Social Welfare’ asking the question “Wouldn’t you like a better Social Welfare system?” and giving the answer in various proposed changes from Fine Gael.
Many thanks to the sender.
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From 1969 a list of ITGWU members standing for Labour July 4, 2012


From the 1969 General Election, the ITGWU advertise the Labour candidates standing in the election that were members of the union. There were 32 ITGWU members listed , amongst them Conor Cruise O’Brien, David Thornley, Dan Spring and Brendan Corish.

 

“Remember When There Was No Housing Problem?” -Fianna Fail 1969 General Election February 13, 2012


“Remember When There Was No Housing Problem?” ask Fianna Fail from the 1969 General Election. The amount of houses built, the speed of house building and other feats that were the hallmark of our recent construction boom are all mentioned.
We also have the slogan “Let’s Back Jack”.

 

From Cavan 1969 “Fianna Fail Stands For Progress And Prosperity” October 16, 2011


From the 1969 General Election in Cavan “Fianna Fail Stands For Progress And Prosperity”. The Fianna Fail candidates were Paddy Smith, Richard Black and Seamus Dolan with Smith being elected.
There are attacks on Fine Gael and Labour including that

“Labour wants to disgrace us in the eyes of the world by opening an embassy in Cuba a Communist Dictatorship in Latin America”

 

Poster for Hilda O’Malley (widow of Donogh O’Malley) -Independent -1969 GE Limerick East September 9, 2011


From the 1969 General Election a poster for Hilda O’Malley who was running as an Independent in Limerick East. O’Malley was the widow of former Fianna Fail Minister the late Donogh O’Malley so was pitted against her nephew Des O’Malley in the contest. Because of the family connections, the campaign gained worldwide attention.
In the end Hilda O’Malley polled 3,361 votes and missed out on a seat. As an aside the Patrick Kavanagh poem ‘Raglan Road’ was written about his unrequited love for Her.

 

Labour Party 1969 GE- ‘Instructions to drivers on polling day’ October 19, 2009


This is fantastic, gives a glimpse of domestic life in the late 60s as well as warning the many many pitfalls that may arise.
At the time too not that many had cars, so the Driver was a very important figure at election time, especuially in rural areas.

Yet You’d think that giving lifts to voters was a simple enough matter…….
Its full of handy tips
Try to have your car as clean as possible….. do not take any alcohol while polling is in progress
“…Encourage the women to vote early as this will leave the men free in the evening…
and of course “Don’t forget to vote yourself!”

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