Irish Election Literature

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Leaflets from Kevin Lynch- H-Block -1981 General Election -Waterford January 3, 2014

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From the 1981 General Election Leaflets from Hunger Striker Kevin Lynch who was running in Waterford. He polled 3,337 votes but failed to win a seat. He died on the 1st August 1981.
Many thanks to the sender
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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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Book of Matches for John Horgan, Eithne Fitzgerald and Frank Buckley- Labour -1981 Dublin South September 17, 2013


From the 1981 General Election campaign a wonderful novelty in a book of matches produced for Labour Dublin South candidates John Horgan, Eithne Fitzgerald and Frank Buckley. None of the three were elected.
Many thanks to the sender
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1981 Ad for John O’Donoghue, Chub O’Connor, John O’Leary-Fianna Fail -Kerry South July 8, 2013


From the 1981 General Election an Ad for Fianna Fail Kerry South candidates John O’Donoghue, Chub O’Connor and John O’Leary. John O’Leary was the only one of the three elected.
Many thanks to the sender.

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A sample of Typical Shopping Baskets from Election Material. February 12, 2013


3 samples of Typical Shopping Baskets from election material. Starting off with Labour in 1981 then Fianna Fail in 1977 and lastly Fine Gael in 1979
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A ‘Vote Fine Gael’ Sticker from the 1981 General Election November 15, 2012


From the 1981 General Election A ‘Vote Fine Gael’ Sticker .

 

From 1981 a ‘Notice to Electorate’ concerning the “unexpected death” of a candidates Mother. September 29, 2012

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From the 1981 General Election in Cavan Monaghan, a sad notice to electorate concerning the passing of Fine Gael candidate Mona Hobans mother. The notice mentions that the candidate “will not be in a position to visit as many areas as possible”.
Hoban, a County Cavan based Councillor polled 1,741 votes.

 

“Stand up to Britain -Vote McAllister -Vote the prisoners No. 1″- Tom McAllister -H Block -Clare 1981 General Election August 29, 2012

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From the 1981 General Election a poster for H-Block candidate Tom McAllister who was running in Clare. “Stand up to Britain -Vote T. McAllister -Vote the prisoners No. 1″
McAllister (an INLA prisoner) polled 2,120 votes.
Many thanks to the sender

 

leaflet from Michael Moynihan- Labour- 1981 General Election -Kerry South July 30, 2012

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From the 1981 General Election a leaflet from Labour Party candidate in Kerry South Michael Moynihan. In this 1982 General Election Moynihan won a seat. It was his first time to be elected to the Dail having stood six times previously the first attempt being as far back as 1954.
The leaflet covers local as well as National issues with a message from then Labour Leader Frank Cluskey.
Click to enlarge the images.

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From 1981 a leaflet for (a 25 year old) John O’Donoghue, Tim Chub O’Connor and John O’Leary- Fianna Fail -South Kerry July 12, 2012


From the 1981 General Election a leaflet for Fianna Fail South Kerry candidates John O’Donoghue, Tim Chub O’Connor and John O’Leary. O’Leary won a seat. (Result here)
It was Chub O’Connors last General Election as he failed to regain the seat he lost in 1977. The 1981 General Election was John O’Donoghues first General Election, it was 1987 before he won a seat.

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1981 leaflet for Lorcan Allen, Sean Browne, Gus Byrne, Hugh Byrne -Fianna Fail- Wexford June 23, 2012


From the 1981 general election a leaflet from Wexford Fianna Fail candidates Lorcan Allen, Sean Browne, Gus Byrne, Hugh Byrne. The FF ticket would have been unusual in that all four names would have been at the top of the ballot paper. Despite that only Lorcan Allen and Hugh Byrne were elected and Sean Browne lost his seat.
Aside from profiles and a message from the candidates ,We also have Haugheys message to the electorate from that 1981 election.
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Leaflet from Paddy Gallagher -Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party- 1981 General Election -Waterford June 13, 2012


From the 1981 General Election a leaflet from Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party candidate Paddy Gallagher who was running in Waterford. Gallagher, who had been elected to Waterford Corporation in 1974, polled 3,463 votes in this 1981 General Election and failed to win a seat. The drop in vote from 1977 could be in part explained by the presence of H-Block candidate Kevin Lynch on the ballot paper.
Gallagher was elected to the Dail in February 1982 , however he lost his seat in the November 1982 General Election.

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Joe McDonnell – H-Block -1981 General Election Sligo Leitrim. April 25, 2012


From the 1981 General Election an Ad for H-Block candidate Joe McDonnell who was running in Sligo-Leitrim. McDonnell narrowly missed out on a seat winning 5,639 votes.
He died on the 8th of July 1981 after 61 days on Hunger Strike. More details on McDonnell here.
The Ad has a profile of McDonnell, a message to voters from him and the Manifesto of the H-Block candidates.

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From 1981 a Brilliant Fianna Fail ad looking for the Youth Vote! December 28, 2011

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From 1981 an attempt by Fianna Fail to attract the Youth Vote.
I love the young man asking “When we come to buy a house what chance have we got?” only to be answered by none other than Ray Burke , who was an expert in the matter of housing and planning.

 

Joe Sherlock -Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party – 1981 General Election Cork East December 10, 2011


From the 1981 General Election, a historic election for Sinn Fein The Workers’ Party as Joe Sherlock became their first TD (since the split). Sherlock was first elected to Cork County Council in 1974.
.His electoral record at electionsireland.org.
He is the father of current Labour TD Sean Sherlock

 

“Fine Gael Will Bring Prices Under Control” – Fine Gael Anti-Inflation Plan -1981 General Election November 18, 2011

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From the 1981 General Election a flyer advertising Fine Gaels credentials in Price Control with some headline details of the Anti Inflation Plan.
Strange now to see how government could keep the likes of ESB and Telephone prices down and Subsidise basic food prices

 

“Arise and follow Charlie” -Fianna Fail 1981 General Election Song November 15, 2011


From the 1981 General Election the Fianna Fail anthem “Arise and follow Charlie” in praise of then leader Charlie Haughey.


From southern glens to Aston Shores
The ancient cry of freedom roars
From Northern hills to Leinster’s doors
We’ll rise and follow Charlie

With Charlie’s song we’ll sing as one
With Charlie’s song we’ll sing along
With Charlie’s song we’ll march along
We’ll Rise and Follow Charlie

Hail the leader, hail the man
With Freedom’s cause it all began
With Irish Pride in every man
We’ll Rise and Follow Charlie

With Charlie’s song we’ll sing as one
With Charlie’s song we’ll sing along
With Charlie’s song we’ll march along
We’ll Rise and Follow Charlie

Young and old we all approve
He’s kept the Country on the move
He’ll help the Nation to improve
So Rise and Follow Charlie

With Charlie’s song we’ll sing as one
With Charlie’s song we’ll sing along
With Charlie’s song we’ll march along
We’ll Rise and Follow Charlie

 

 

“Fianna Fail has milked the dairy farmers” – Fine Gael 1981 General Election November 5, 2011

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From the 1981 General Election Fine Gael looking for the farming vote. “Fine Gael subsidies will help you increase production -bring you up to the Mark Clinton standard”.
Mark Clinton was the Fine Gael Minister that negotiated Irelands entry to the Common Agricultural Policy.

 

 
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