Irish Election Literature

… what you maybe meant to keep…

“Progressive Democrats New Deal!” -1987 Leaflet from The Progressive Democrats November 6, 2013

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From the 1987 General Election a leaflet outlining the “Progressive Democrats New Deal!”. It contains details of all the partys policies, such as reducing the number of TDs, Abolishing the Senate, Standard Tax rates to go down to 25% and more.
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From 2007 “Come Join The Party!” -Progressive Democrat recruitment ad. November 2, 2013

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“Come Join The Party!” a Progressive Democrat recruitment ad from a 2007 PD newspaper ‘New Ireland’. If you wanted to join the party you could mail Michael McDowell directly at michael@progressiveDemocrats.ie !
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Ad for John Kelly -Progressive Democrats -1989 Kerry South July 5, 2013


From the 1989 General Election an ad for Progressive Democrat Kerry South candidate John Kelly. He polled 1,458 votes and failed to win a seat.
Many thanks to the sender.
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From 1992 Progressive Democrats Des O’Malley outlines the partys reasons to vote No on the Abortion Referendum. June 8, 2013


From a 1992 Progressive Democrat leaflet Dessie O’Malley outlines the position of the party regarding the 3 Abortion Referenda to be held on the same day as the General Election. Whilst they asked for a YEs vote for the Right to Travel and Right to Information, they asked for a NO vote on the Abortion issue. Many of the reasons for voting against the Referendum outlined by O’Malley are just as relevant today as they were then.

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1992 General Election Leaflet from Michael McDowell where he is committed to .. ‘Abolish The Senate’ June 7, 2013


From a 1992 General Election Leaflet from Progressive Democrat Michael McDowell where he is committed to amongst other things.. ‘Abolish The Senate’. I’ve also included a piece from one of his 1987 leaflets where ‘Terminate the Senate’ is mentioned.

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Leaflet from John Kenny -Progressive Democrats -2004 Local Elections South East Inner City April 29, 2013


From the 2004 Local Elections a newsletter from Progressive Democrats candidate John Kenny who was running in Dublins South East Inner City Ward. Kenny polled 324 votes and failed to win a seat. He was co-opted to replace Wendy Hederman on Dublin City Council in 2007 and didn’t stand in the 2009 Local Elections by which time the PDs had disbanded.

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From 2007 “Ten Reasons to Support Mary Harney” -Progressive Democrats- Dublin Mid West February 4, 2013


From the 2007 General Election Campaign a four page leaflet from Progressive Democrat TD Mary Harney running in Dublin Mid West. The headline had “Ten Reasons to Support Mary Harney” and inside there was a message from Mary Harney, local issues in Lucan and her achievements in Health.
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“The Government You Deserve” -Progressive Democrats 1989.. with a great attack on Fianna Fail January 18, 2013

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From the 1989 General Election campaign an ad from the Progressive Demcorats “The Government You Deserve”. In it is a fairly ironic attack on Fianna Fail..

Fianna Fail does not have the vision, the policies or the people to be entrusted with running our country for the next five years. They’re a party of strokes and slush funds, of planning scandals and blatant favourtism…

It argues for a vote for the Progressive Democrats and Fine Gael, who went into that 1989 General Election in an alliance.
The irony of the attack on Fianna Fail…. The PDs went into government with Fianna Fail after this 1989 election. A historic government as Fianna Fail for the first time went into coalition and seen as a betrayal by many FF people at the time. I think it was Albert Reynolds who called it a ‘Temporary Little Arrangement”.

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Some Budget related leaflets from the past…. December 4, 2012

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For the time of year that’s in it….A selection of some of the budget related leaflets I’ve posted on the site over the last few years….
Click on the images to launch the full posts.
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From 2005 – “Action on Health: Mary Harney’s 10 Point Plan for Accident and Emergency” September 28, 2012

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From 2005 a 2 page document “Action on Health: Mary Harney’s 10 Point Plan for Accident and Emergency”.

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Liz O’Donnell -”Dublin South Update December 2004″ -Progressive Democrats


In pdf format “Dublin South Update December 2004″ from then Progressive Democrat TD Liz O’Donnell. A lot of it seems to be focused on Private Health care.
Uploaded in pdf. Click the image to launch or click here

 

From 1997 an Anti Property Tax leaflet from Cáit Keane -PD (Now FG)-Dublin South Central June 26, 2012


From the 1997 General Election a leaflet from then Progressive Democrat Councillor (and now Fine Gael Senator) Cáit Keane urging voters to “Support Cllr Cáit Keane’s campaign to repeal family home tax in Dublin South Central.
At the time she argued that it was ‘unfair’ , ‘Anti-Family’ and ‘Anti-Dublin’.
In this 1997 Election she polled 2,031 votes and failed to win a seat.
Some other Anti Property Tax leaflets from the then….
One from Olivia Mitchell and one from Fine Gael.
Many thanks to the sender.

 

1979 leaflet for Fine Gael candidates Michael McDowell, Joe Doyle, Tommy Woods and Finola Gill June 9, 2012


From the 1979 Local Elections a leaflet for Fine Gael candidates Michael McDowell, Joe Doyle, Tommy Woods and Finola Gill (who later married John Bruton). Joe Doyle was elected. McDowell polled 1271 votes, Gill 960 and Woods 497.
McDowell was later a founder member and became leader of The Progressive Democrats.
Old Local Election Results uploaded in excel form here

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Leaflet from Mags Murray -Progressive Democrats -2007 General Election Dublin West. April 10, 2012


From the 2007 General Election a leaflet from Progressive Democrat candidate in Dublin West Mags Murray. Murray, who had been elected to the council in 2004, polled 553 votes and failed to win a seat. She was reelected to Fingal County Council in 2009 when running for Fianna Fail.
On the reverse is the “Labour Driving The Next Government – No Thanks ” cartoon.

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“Ireland Can Work – Action Plan For Jobs” – Progressive Democrats Autumn 1996 March 6, 2012


From Autumn 1996 “Ireland Can Work – Action Plan For Jobs” from the Progressive Democrats. Its 32 pages long and aside from the cover I’ve also included the Summary page which outlines the problem and solution. In 1996 the Progressive Democrats were in Opposition and there were 230,000 people out of work.
The full document is uploaded in pdf format here or click image to launch.

Many thanks to the sender.

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“Stop Taxing Work” -Progressive Democrats 1987 General Election December 30, 2011


From the 1987 General Election, “Stop Taxing Work” from the Dessie O’Malley led Progressive Democrats .

 

Leaflet from Timmy Conway -Progressive Democrats -1989 General Election -Kildare December 7, 2011


From the 1989 General Election a leaflet from Progressive Democrat candidate Timmy Conway who was running in Kildare. Naas based Conway polled 2,126 votes and failed to win a seat. He had previously been a Labour Party Councillor and Senator. He later went on to Join Fine Gael but lost his seat on Kildare County Council and Naas Town Council in 2004. In 2009 he stood as an Independent for Naas Town Council and missed out on a seat.

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From 2006 “A New Heart for Dublin” -Progressive Democrat Proposals for a new High Rise Quarter where Dublin Port was (with great pics) November 29, 2011

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This is quite interesting, its from early 2006 and the PD’s propose moving Dublin Port to Drogheda using a comparison with Helsinki. The move was to happen over a 20 year period with a ‘New Quarter’ proposed where Dublin Port was.
This ‘New Quarter’ was to be filled with high rise buildings, a port for cruise liners and much more.
As the last days of the Celtic Tiger were still in full swing the image of what Dublin may have looked like had the madness gone on.

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