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This week on the Irish Election Literature Blog… March 12, 2010

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, The Left.

It’s Friday again, and so we return to the IELB. I’ve been saying to AK, I’m seriously impressed by the sheer volume of material he manages to post up each week. And the range is amazing. Anyhow, over to him…

I’m going to start with one of the first things I ever posted, I felt it was time to dig it up….
‘She has the courage to stand up for what is right’ …..‘She Champions the cause of the weak and underprivileged’ …..‘An outspoken critic of wrongdoing’ …
Who could this superwoman be?

Another one thats been posted a good while, poor Martin Cullen running for the PDs in 1987

A leaflet distributed outside masses last Sunday in Roscommon by the ‘Roscommon Anti Head Shops Group’

Then from the distant and not so distant past

Some Irish Anti Apartheid movement posters and flyers

The ‘International Bulletin of Workers Party Youth’ Summer ’91 [That layout and design – not exactly informal, or fun – was entirely typical of the WP at that time and will be very very familiar to those of us who were involved then – wbs]

An excellent Workers Solidarity Movement flyer from the 2002 General Election [Great to see some anarchist material – wbs].

From 2007 “Vote Eamon Ryan No. 1 so that in Government he can …..”

And finally Madam Editors Leaflet from the 1989 General Election.


1. Andrew - March 12, 2010

Jeepers, check out Cullen’s environmental platform. Frank McDonald in yesterday’s IT called him ‘one of the worst ministers for the environment in living memory’. That leaflet is exhibit no. 1 in that regard.


2. Mark P - March 12, 2010

Jesus that anti-headshops leaflet. I wonder how many of the “young people of Roscommon” the leafletters were allegedly “standing up for” were involved in the campaign? My suspicion is not very many.

Having been to Roscommon I have to admit that if I was a young person growing up there I’d be tempted to spend as much time as possible off my face on legal highs, if only to temporarily forget about what a grim kip it is.


irishelectionliterature - March 12, 2010

The first two of the list of ‘reported effects’ were
-‘an overwhelming sense of happiness’
-‘strong affection for those in your company’

If I was an inquisitive young fella in Roscommon, the leaflet would be an ad for the shops ….


WorldbyStorm - March 12, 2010

It most certainly would. I’m kind of straight-edge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_edge) myself, bar a few pints (and fewer than even five years ago), and bar a small amount of dabbling long long ago always have been, but Jesus, if I was in their position at that age so would I.


Leveller on the Liffey - March 12, 2010

And warns of the ‘horrors’ of “hypersexuality”!!!

Sounds like just what I need.


WorldbyStorm - March 12, 2010

Hypersexuality you say? 🙂

How though does that work?


Liam Byrne - March 12, 2010

Thanks Mark, we really needed that! I’m sure there are plenty of people who could say the same about anywhere in the State at the moment, but it doesn’t make the country one ounce the better! Roscommon is just as good as anywhere else – perhaps you just didn’t looked hard enough!


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