From the 1989 European Elections a leaflet from Fianna Fail Dublin candidates Niall Andrews and Eileen Lemass. Both were outgoing MEPS however Eileen Lemass lost her seat.
Leaflet from Niall Andrews, Eileen Lemass- Fianna Fail -1989 European Elections Dublin February 28, 2013
Flyer from Chris O’Malley -Fine Gael -1989 European Elections -Dublin February 17, 2013
From the 1989 European Elections a flyer from Fine Gael MEP Chris O’Malley who was running in Dublin. O’Malley who had been co-opted to replace Richie Ryan in 1986 polled 26,574 votes and failed to win a seat. He later represented Labour as a Councillor, having been co-opted to replace Eamon Gilmore in 2003. In the 2004 Local Elections he lost his Council seat.
From the 1989 European Elections a leaflet from former leader of The Alliance Party and prominent Civil Rights movement figure John Cushnahan running for Fine Gael in Munster. Cushnahan polled 43,326 votes and was elected. He was returned again in 1994 and 1999.
“Father Ryan is a man of the people” -Father Paddy Ryan – Independent – 1989 European Elections -Munster January 20, 2012
From the 1989 European Elections Father Paddy Ryan an Independent Republican running in Munster. Father Ryan was subject of an extradition request from Britain which was denied. He polled a respectable 30,934 votes but failed to win a seat.
More info on Father Ryan here
1989 Leaflet for “Devoted Dub” Bertie Ahern, Dermot Fitzpatrick, John Stafford (Eileen Lemass, Niall Andrews)- Fianna Fail -Dublin Central June 8, 2011
From the 1989 Genral Election (and 1989 European Elections held on the same day) a leaflet for Fianna Fail Dublin Central candidates Bertie Ahern, Dermot Fitzpatrick and John Stafford. Also pictured are Fianna Fail European candidates Eileen Lemass and Niall Andrews.
In Bertie Aherns profile he is mentioned as “Extremely popular “Call me Bertie” Lord Mayor…” a “Devoted Dub and Ireland supporter home and away“. He also “Worked as an accountant in Mater Hospital”
In the Dail election all three Fianna Fail candidates were elected with Niall Andrews elected for Europe.
From the 1989 General Election a leaflet from Labour Party candidate for Tipperary North John Ryan. As the European Elections were also held on the same day the leaflet asks for votes for the Labour Party European candidates in Munster Michael Ferris and Eileen Desmond.
“You can vote against these Savage Cuts and Injustices” is something that would be apt today. Indeed many of the issues are the same, just add a burst property bubble to them.
In this election John Ryan failed to win back the seat he lost in 1987, although he later regained the seat in 1992 (his record at Electionsireland.org)
Many thanks to the Sender.
“Put Real Talent In Europe” -John Dardis -Progressive Democrats- 1989 Euro Elections Leinster April 3, 2011
“Put Real Talent In Europe” writes Dessie O’Malley as he extols the virtues of John Dardis and The Progressive Democrats on this leaflet from the 1989 European Elections in the Leinster constituency. The Kildare based Dardis polled 31,623 (8.9%) votes but failed to win a seat.
In the aftermath of this election (held on the same day as a General Election) He was Nominated to the Seanad by then Taoiseach Charles Haughey. He was elected to the Seanad twice subsequently and was again a Taoiseachs nominee to the seanad in 2002.
He stood 3 times for the Dail without success.
“EEC Means Jobs Out, Imports In” -Kevin Dunphy -Sinn Fein 1989 European Elections Leinster February 27, 2011
From the 1989 European Elections a leaflet from Kevin Dunphy one of the three Sinn Fein candidates running in the Leinster constituency. Of the three he polled the highest with 4,534 votes. Pearse McGeough polled 3001 and Terry Moore polled 2424 votes.
The leaflet was the first about the EEC and its effects. It compared the situation in 1973 with that of 1988 and the impact that membership of The EEC had on Ireland.
many thanks to the sender.
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.
From the 1989 European Elections campaign a letter from Garret Fitzgerald asking voters to vote for Mary Banotti. He also, in what looks like an afterthought asks for a vote for Chris O’Malley (O’Malley had been co-opted as an MEP in 1986 to replace Richie Ryan who had taken a role with the European Court of Auditors).
Mary Banotti had been elected an MEP in 1984, according to the letter she was fluent in French and Italian. Banotti was another former RTE person who had entered politics. She was too Fine Gael blue blood in that Michael Collins was her Grand Uncle. She was also sister of Nora Owen.
Garret Fitzgerald had resigned as leader of Fine Gael two years previously, I think this letter was to constituents in Dublin South East.
In the 1989 European Elections,Mary Banotti held her seat and Chris O’Malley lost his.
Paddy Lalor -Fianna Fail -1989 European Elections Leinster April 20, 2010
From the 1989 European Elections Campaign (the European Elections were held on the same day as a Genneral Election) outgoing Fianna Fail MEP Paddy Lalor. Paddy Lalor topped the poll.
A TD for over 20 years and a Minister 3 times, Paddy Lalor was also member of the last Laois team to win the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship in 1949. He Served from 1979 to 1994 in the European Parliament.
‘You gotta have …’ Paddy Harte, Angela Lupton, Joe McCartin -Fine Gael 1989 European Elections Connaught-Ulster February 9, 2010
From the 1989 European Elections in Connaught-Ulster a Paddy Harte election flyer with the Fine Gael team of Paddy Harte, Angela Lupton and Joe McCartin on the back. Despite the ballot paperish look on the back there isn’t a ’1′ beside Hartes name.
Donegal based Paddy Harte and Galway based Angela Lupton both failed to get in. The Leitrim based Joe McCartin retained his seat which he held from 1979 to 2004.
Pat Doherty, Dermot Guy, Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin -Sinn Fein -1989 European Elections Connaught/Ulster January 27, 2010
Sinn Fein candidates Pat Doherty, Dermot Guy and ‘gifted orator’ Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin from the 1989 European Elections Connaught-Ulster constituency. (The result from electionsireland.org). Pat Doherty is now an MP whilst Caoimhghin O Caolain is the Senior figure for Sinn Fein in the Dail having been first elected in 1997.
Sinn Fein at the time were anti EC (EU) , the issues covered in related to Connaught-Ulster indicate the state of the country at the time.
From the 1989 European Elections Leinster. Paddy Cooney and Charlie McDonald.
Cooney was Minister for Justice in the 1973 to 77 Coalition government and later served as Minister for Posts and Telegraphs, Minister for Transport, Minister for Defence and Minister for Education. He was elected to the Dail in 1970 for Longford Westmeath, lost his seat in 1977, regained it in 1981 and held it until 1989 when (in the election the flyer is from) he won a seat in The European Parliament.
Charlie McDonald had a number of spells in the Seanad and also in the European Parliament. He served one Dail term from 1973 to 1977 for Laois Offaly.
Fine Gael emphasised their link to the Christian Democrats to imply that they had a bigger influence than Fianna Fail in the European Parliament.
Anne Speed -Sinn Fein 1989 European Elections- Dublin December 14, 2009
Sinn Fein Candidate Anne Speed from the 1989 European Elections in Dublin where she polled 11,582 votes (2.58%), down from the 14,604 (5.17%) achieved by John Noonan in 1984.
Sinn Fein are still anti EC in 1989. “Sinn Fein is the only party standing in this election saying that there is an alternative to the EC…”
Also “Please transfer your preferences to other anti-EC candidates” Presumably this meant to Ray Crotty.
Chris O’Malley -Fine Gael- 1989 European Elections Dublin December 1, 2009
Chris O’Malley was Co-opted to replace Richie Ryan in the European Parliament in 1986.He then lost his seat here in 1989. The Reference to being an Expert on 1992 is to down with the Single European Act where Europe was to be a Single Market by 1992. His fluency in French and German may have been a dig at some of the Mark Killilea stories that were about at the time.
Chris O’Malley later surfaced as a Labour Councillor on Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County Council having been co-opted to replace Eamon Gilmore.
He lost his seat the following year in the 2004 local elections.
Letter to voters from Bobby Molloy -Progressive Democrats -1989 European Elections November 20, 2009
A Letter from Bobby Molloy to voters from the 1989 European election campaign. He polled well but failed to win a seat finishing 5th.
Molloy First elected to the Dail in 1965, was one of the first Fianna Fail Politicians to join the newly formed Progessive Democrats in 1986. He retired from politics prior to the 2002 General Election in a controversy over representations made in a rape case.
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