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This Week At Irish Election Literature January 6, 2017

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Starting off with some brochures from Anglo Irish Bank

An “I Stand With Ibrahim -Free Ibrahim Halawa Now!” postcard from Amnesty International

The Christmas 2016 Newsletter from Senator Frances Black

And finally From the Irish Republican Marxist History Project a Short film clip and photo of Marxist and Saor Éire activist Máirín Keegan at a Frank Keane Defence Committee picket

Political Shopping January 2, 2017

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I am currently Reading about Rural Electrification and learnt that when the electricity came Fianna Fail people got Phillips Radios and Fine Gael people got Bush Radios . …. I gather too that FF ate Bolands biscuits…and FG people ate Jacobs. There’s supposedly a Lyons/Barrys Tea divide also. Any other products or brands (Newspapers aside) that were associated with one party or the other. Or indeed similar from further afield?

This Week At Irish Election Literature December 30, 2016

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A Letter with an accompanying article from Gerry Adams to a Sinn Fein 2014 Local Elections Candidate

Then some of the most popular posts from the year
From the 1987 General Election, A leaflet for The Workers Party candidate for Cork South Central Kathleen Lynch

A 12 page leaflet from William DJ Gorman who ran in Dublin Central and Dublin Bay South

A Leaflet from Fergal O’Connell who ran as an Independent in Dublin Fingal.

A Leaflet from ‘Christians Concerned For Dun Laoghaire’ regarding the General Election and candidates positions on Abortion and other issues

A guide to canvassing produced by Fine Gael for the 2016 General Election.

This Week At Irish Election Literature December 23, 2016

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First off Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year to you all and thanks to the continued support in sending material on.

From 1969 “Crisis” Bulletin No. 1 from The Dublin Housing Action Committee giving details of Homelessness, unscrupulous Landlords, Squatters and other issues relating to housing at the time.

Two #Repealthe8th Stickers From @Eight_stories

and “Why Do People Avail Of Abortion In Our World Today” Pro Life Leaflet From Dave Logan which is fairly biblical in nature.

Submissions to the Citizens Assembly December 23, 2016

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There are 38 pages of them , some submissions have the same text but there are a lot of different voices there from both sides. If you’ve time many are worth a read.
http://citizensassembly.ie/en/Submissions/Submissions-Received/

Tinkering December 20, 2016

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Watching the growing crisis over homelessness and related issues such as rising rents and the cost of housing ……..you can be like the Government and do little or nothing but pitter patter around the edge of the problem. Yes put a moratorium on rent increases, allow a 4% rise , allow NAMA do what it likes …. Yet it doesn’t seem to occur to them to have a massive public building programme, introduce a vacant site levy, ask NAMA for properties, land that would be suitable and so on and so on. Solutions that any child could give them,, solutions that alas are against the dogma of our two major parties. “The Market …The Market… The Market”
I was discussing Apollo House today and the lack of Government reaction to the housing/homelessness crisis, to some it was celebs acting irresponsibly , “would they take them into their own mansions?”, “wait til Bono jumps on the bandwagon!” and so on. Yet it has taken “Celebrities” and activists (some are both) to get some people talking about homelessness. To show that our Capital (and I’m sure other places) have many empty buildings that could be used to house people.
I’ve touched on it here before of how there is a class in society that has never had long periods unemployed, periods living hand to mouth, have had to move their families back in with their parents, that knows nobody living in a hotel and because all of this doesn’t really appreciate the crisis we are in. Doesn’t realise the damage Austerity has done to communities across the Country.
For a party so full of it’s own History and Heritage, Fianna Fail, who gave us massive public housing schemes in the 30’s and 40’s appear to have turned their back on public housing and continue to prop up the Government.
My wife was correcting 5th year exam papers this evening, as she marked she told me “this girl lives in a hotel” , minutes later “this boy lives in a hotel”…… I wondered how the fuck anyone could study for their leaving cert as part of a family living in a fucking hotel room. What chance do those pupils have compared to those that live in a house. That have a room to study in, a kitchen table to do homework on. It really is a disgrace.

This Week At Irish Election Literature December 16, 2016

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“Watch Out! RTE “News”? Censorship breeds ignorance” leaflet from the Repeal Section 31 Campaign.

A 2014 leaflet from GLEN giving details of the role played by The Labour Party in “The Remarkable Journey towards Equality and Civil Marriage for Lesbian and Gay People in Ireland.” ..what struck me about it wasn’t just the content but the size of the Labour Parliamentary Party pictured in the leaflet.

“Bertie The Local Man” 1989 Leaflet From Bertie Ahern

From March 2014 a leaflet from Sinn Fein outlining their support for a directly elected Mayor for Dublin

Is there always a need for “Balance” ? December 13, 2016

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I watched “The Crossing” on RTE last night , a powerful documentary on the LÉ Samuel Beckett’s deployment in the southern Mediterranean. On Screen we saw people rescued , drown, fail to be resuscitated , family members learn that other family members were dead. We also heard horror stories of the journey to the Libyan coast, rape, death and abuse by people traffickers.
An ad break later and we had “Claire Byrne Live”… members of the Defence Forces who had served on ships in the southern Mediterranean were introduced and interviewed. They told stories of their time aboard the Navy’s vessels ……. we were then introduced to Minister Paul Kehoe who echoed all our sentiments in praising the work of our Defence Forces and the work in this crisis….. and then we were introduced to actor Liam Cunningham and the ‘Journalist’ Ian O’Doherty.
O’Doherty was his usual objectionable self and after a few minutes I just had to turn off. Why though did they have him on? presumably he was on for “balance” but do we actually need this “balance” when discussing some issues? What topic is there that having “balance” would now be beyond the pale?
It’s one thing in a Referendum where RTE are obliged to have “balance” and certain people get their 15 minutes of fame, but there seems to be a growing trope of Irish Katie Hopkins impersonators only willing to appear on the airwaves to provide “balance” no matter how odious the subject or their views. I can’t believe these people are Ratings winners or am I alone in switching off?

This Week At Irish Election Literature December 9, 2016

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Starting off with Three postcards from a series produced by The Migrant Rights Centre Ireland

A leaflet from Neil Clarke of the Greens from 2004 in Letterkenny. Interestingly his brother was Maze escapee James Pius Clarke.Jim McDaid resigned after greeting him on Court steps when his extradition was turned down. Clarke won the final seat on Letterkenny UDC by a countback, the last two candidates were tied on votes and Clarke won as he got more first prefernecs.

“Fianna Fáil Seasca Bliain Ag Fás” Booklet For Concert To Celebrate 60 Years Of Fianna Fáil

And finally From the mid 1980’s “A Restless Society ..Developing a Sense of Community” a large policy document produced by Young Fine Gael

Take The Quiz……. December 9, 2016

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Had forgotten about this which I found again yesterday…. The freeman stuff seems to have died down a bit or maybe I’m just hanging around the wrong bus stops……
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