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This week at the Irish Election Literature Blog… December 4, 2009

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.
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The latest crop… they’re good ones… As AK notes:

Joe Higgins running for Militant Labour in the 1996 Dublin West by-election where he came to national prominence by nearly taking a seat. (I’ve another one of Joes leaflet from that campaign which I’ll be posting in due course)

‘Active Republican’, ‘Fish Merchant’ and ‘Member of Omeath Youth Club’ – Sinn Feins Arthur Morgan from 1989

The litir um thoghcán sent by Tomas MacGiolla for the 1994 European Elections

Patricia McKenna also from the 1994 European Elections.

One other thing… Any idea how this could assist the Presiding officer?

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1. Mark P - December 4, 2009

The 1996 by-election was something of a turning point for the socialist left in Ireland.

It encouraged Militant Labour to form the Socialist Party and the wider Justice in Taxation Alliance.

It resulted in the SWP dropping their longstanding aversion to standing in elections almost overnight.

It permanently ended any hopes the Workers Party might have had of recovering MacGiolla’s seat, reducing their serious Dail ambitions to Waterford (which was not of course to work out, in part because of the untimely death of Martin O’Regan).

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Mark P - December 4, 2009

As an aside, the Workers Party absolutely refused to entertain the idea of a transfer pact with Militant Labour in this by-election, which given the extreme narrowness of Lenihan’s eventual victory and the less than stellar transfer from MacGiolla to Higgins probably gave Lenihan the seat.

In retrospect the WP decision makes a certain amount of sense from their point of view. Militant Labour was the threat to their base in that area, not Fianna Fail.

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2. Paddy Matthews - December 4, 2009

Any idea how this could assist the Presiding officer?

If the voter’s name, address and polling number were on the other side of the leaflet?

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irishelectionliterature - December 4, 2009

The other side of the leaflet had ‘George Allen appeals for your no 1. vote …..’
Maybe it was given outside the polling station, it just struck me as a bit of a trick/stunt.
George Allen had been first elected to the council in 1955, so must have known a trick or two

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3. Tomboktu - December 4, 2009

Arthur Morgan was “born and bred” in County Louth. A peculiar phrasing.

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irishelectionliterature - December 5, 2009

I’m sure the ‘born and bred’ is very much there on purpose.
From my own experiences in the Omeath/Cooley area, who you are , who your kin are etc, is important and as everywhere here
there is a sense of curiosity.
I’m probably going overboard here in detail but there are a number of Morgans in the Omeath/ Cooley area not all of them related. Needless to say families reputations differ.
I’d imagine too the ‘born and bred’ could be to indicate to voters who didn’t have an intimate knowledge of the various Cooley Penninsula Morgans that he wasn’t one of the ‘refugee’s’ from the North that settled in the North Louth area (of whom many would have had Republican ties).

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