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Waterford, Cork, The Left and Local Elections since 1974 July 28, 2011

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Another bunch of Local Election Results that are currently unavailable online.
For the Left The Waterford City Council results are probably of most interest.
In 1974 Official Sinn Fein polled over 10% of the vote with Paddy Gallagher winning a seat. Then in 1979 Sinn Fein The Workers Party won two seats with almost 20% of the vote. The Socialist Labour Party also fielded candidates.
In 1985 a split in The Workers Party saw a number of candidates stand for the Waterford Peoples Party with Martin O’Reagan being elected for them whilst Davy Walsh and Paddy Gallagher won seats for The Workers Party. Between them the WP and WPP polled over 20% of the vote.
In 1991 The Workers Party won three seats and missed out being the largest party vote wise by a mere 57 votes.
1n 1999 despite the 1992 split the party held on to its 3 seats although its share of the vote was down slightly. 1999 also saw the SWP enter the fray in Waterford.
In 2004 The Workers Party lost a seat with John Halligan romping home on the first count and Davy Walsh holding on too. Their vote dropped from 1999. Again the SWP dipped their toes.
In 2009 with John Halligan now an Independent, Willie Moore missed out by 56 votes. Davy Walsh held on to his seat, whilst Joe Tobin came within 8 votes of winning a seat. PBP fielded a candidate here too.
Another thing about Waterford is the collapse of the Fianna Fail vote in 2004 and 2009 when they only won a single seat in each election.
Should there have been any Left Independent candidates I missed out please do tell.

From Waterford City a scenic drive down the Copper Coast, over the Blackwater past Youghal, through Midleton and on into Cork City.

1974 didn’t see much for the Left in Cork with OSF on just over 5% and no seats.
1979 and Ted Tynan wins a seat for SFWP as they poll just under 5%.
1985 sees Kathleen Lynch and John Kelleher win seats for The Workers Party as the party polls 5.66%. The CPI also stand two candidates.
1991 and The Workers Party vote almost doubles to 9.94% and Jimmy Homan, Kathleen Lynch and John Kelleher win seats.
1999 marked a low point with Jimmy Homan (Lynch and Kelleher defected) losing his seat and The Workers Party not even polling 2%. It also saw Mick Barry of The Socialist Party make his first electoral appearance polling 349 votes.
2004 saw Mick Barry top the poll and the two Workers Party candidates Mick Crowley and Ted Tynan increase the party vote in their wards.
2009 saw Ted Tynan winning a seat for The Workers Party , whilst Mick Barry of The Socialist Party again romped home. The Socialist Party for the first time fielded a second candidate in Cork in Dave Keating who polled 295 votes.

There was a WP presence in East Cork with Joe Sherlock being repeatedly elected to the Council and in Waterford County Tony Wright was elected in Dungarvan and there was a WP presence in Tramore.
In Cork for The Workers Party Leo Owens had a number of spells on Cobh UDC, Tadgh O’Donovan and Tom Phelan had spells on Fermoy UDC, Joe Sherlock on Mallow UDC.(There may well have been others)
In Waterford Tony Wright had a spell on Dungarvan TC (I think the WP also won a seat in the Údarás na Gaeltachta elections for the Ring Gaeltacht at some point in the 80s).
Anyhow ….
These are excel files.

Cork City Council 1974 to 2009

Cork Cork County Council 1960 to 2009
Apologies in that the 1967 results are incomplete (if you happen to have them….)
Waterford City Council 1974 to 2009

Waterford County Council 1974 to 2009
(There are a few gaps for Waterford County Council for 1979, would love the results if you have them)

and these are links to posts with excel files…
Other results to date posted Here (Cavan, Carlow, Clare) and Here (Dublin City and County)

Maps of the Left …. July 26, 2011

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Might be of interest to some ….
Irish Political Maps have done maps of…..

The Workers’ Party’s first preference votes in the Republic, 1973 – 2011

and ….

The Socialist Workers’ Party/People Before Profit Alliance: first preference votes, 1997 – 2011

and …

The United Left Alliance parties’ first preference votes, 2011

This Week At The Irish Election Literature Blog July 15, 2011

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Starting off this week with a leaflet from The Dublin Grassroots Network a Leaflet for “May Day Dublin 2004 -For an Alternative Europe

The Enough Campaign have been busy recently…..
(incidentaly I hadn’t realised that Thomas Pringle and John Halligan were Supporters of the Campaign)

A Leaflet for Saturdays “As EU-IMF come to town…” March .

A Leaflet for their Save Our Buses protest yesterday

A Leaflet from their “Stop the Cuts to Special Needs in Education” protest last Wednesday

Continuing The special Needs theme…
A leaflet from The Socialist Party distributed at the protest against cuts to Special needs “Build a national campaign to defeat Special Needs cuts” .

Finally a flyer with sample ballot paper from Pádraic Mac Coitir of éirígí

Limerick, The Left , The 1977 General Election July 4, 2011

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Thought this might be of interest, it’s pen pics from the Local paper of 3 of the Left wing candidates running in Limerick East in 1977. Independents Jim Kemmy and Joe Harrington with Fergus Reynolds of Sinn Féin the Workers’ Party.
You’ll notice that Harrington was sponsored by The Limerick Working Class paper The Bottom Dog (There is an issue of it in The Left Archive)
Harrington polled 122 votes, Reynolds 262 and Kemmy 2,333 votes.
Click on image to enlarge. Apologies if its hard to read.

Building the ULA …. April 28, 2011

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There’s an article on The Socialist Party Website on building the ULA. Its fairly insightful as to where the ULA are with regard to becoming a party and the possible tensions within the ULA.

A few quotes…

The Socialist Party proposed that a ULA membership should now be established. A ULA membership card has been produced and a recruitment leaflet will be available soon so activists can engage in an organised recruitment drive.


The Socialist Workers Party seems to favour launching a new party immediately, dismissing the problems that the current mood of the working class poses and warning against delays and conservatism. However, that has more to do with inappropriate impatience than a serious approach to building a new party.

People Before Profit Party Election Broadcast – 2011 Assembly /Local Elections April 20, 2011

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Doesn’t appear to be on youtube yet but is here …I could listen to McCann all day.

Amongst their Assembly candidates is ex Stiff Little Fingers drummer Brain Faloon who has the below image linked on his facebook page.

Left Candidates from … The 1977 General Election April 16, 2011

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To the best of my ability Left candidates from the 1977 General Election. None of them were elected.
I’m curious if anyone can confirm if  Eamonn O’Brien was The Socialist Party of Irelands only candidate.

Sinn Fein the Workers Party
Sean Walsh – Carlow Kilkenny 1666
Owen Kirk – Cavan Monaghan 713
Ted Tynan – Cork City     1661
Joe Sherlock – Cork North East  4485
Seamus Rodgers – Donegal  2505
Tomas MacGiolla – Dublin Ballyfermot 1285
Proinsias de Rossa – Dublin Finglas 1317
Raymond McGran – Dublin North Central 1138
Eric Byrne – Dublin Rathmines 1148
Dublin South Central – Andy Smith  1313
Anthony Coffey – Galway West 926
Redmond Sullivan – Kerry South     1065
Fergus Reynolds – Limerick East 262
Donnchadha MacRaghnaill – Louth   1894
Paddy Gallagher – Waterford 4500
John McManus – Wicklow  1231

Gerard McIntyre -Dublin Artane 227
John Montgomery Dublin Ballyfermot -317

Seamus Costello – 955

Socialist Party of Ireland
Eamonn O’Brien -Dublin County North  2189

Socialist Labour Party? (not sure if it had been founded at that stage)
Noel Browne -Dublin Artane -5601
Matt Merrigan – Dublin Finglas 1512

Jim Kemmy Limerick East 2333
Joe Harrington -Limerick East 122
Declan Bree – Sligo Leitrim 1282

Socialist Party – Northern Ireland Assembly and Local Elections Party Political Broadcast April 14, 2011

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A Party political broadcast from the Socialist Party – Northern Ireland Assembly and local elections 5 May 2011

“You’ve Got a Friend” in the ICTU April 12, 2011

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Last week we had a post about Fianna Fails John Hanafin receiving a nomination to the Labour Panel from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Well here’s another ICTU nomination to the Labour Panel … … Fianna Fails Ned O’Sullivan.

Left Candidates from the 1987 General Election April 9, 2011

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The Workers Party increased its vote from November 1982 to 3.8% and managed to double its seats from two to four. Proinsias de Rossa and Tomas MacGiolla held their seats , Joe Sherlock regained a seat in Cork East whilst Pat McCartan won a seat in Dublin North East.
Aside from McCartan and Sherlock there were others such as Eamon Gilmore, Eric Byrne , Pat Rabbitte and John McManus who would now be targeting seats in the next Election.
The geographical spread of the candidates had increased too since 1982 with WP candidates now in Cavan Monaghan, Tipperary, Meath, Limerick and Kildare.
Down in Limerick Jim Kemmy regained his seat and in Dublin Central Tony Gregory held on to his seat also.
So the Left having gone into the election having 3 seats came out of the election with 6 seats.

The Workers Party
Joseph Butler – Carlow Kilkenny 1,664
Oliver Rogers – Cavan Monaghan 577
Joe Sherlock – Cork East         6,986 ** Elected
John Kelleher – Cork North Central   2,628
Kathleen Lynch – Cork South Central  2,349
Seamus Rodgers – Donegal South West  2,512
Michael Jennings – Dublin Central 1,463
Triona Dooney -Dublin North Central  1,643

Pat McCartan – Dublin North East 3,297 **Elected
Philomena Donnelly – Dublin North West  614
Proinsias de Rossa- Dublin North West  6,866 **Elected
Eamonn O Liathain – Dublin South   1,308
Eric Byrne – Dublin South Central  3,946
Andy Smith – Dublin South East    1,250
Tom Crilly – Dublin South East     660
Pat Rabbitte- Dublin South West  5,086
Tomas MacGiolla -Dublin West  6,651 ** Elected
Eamon Gilmore – Dun Laoghaire   4,054
James Brick – Galway West  1,567
Sean O’Grady – Kerry South  735
Colm Purcell – Kildare   1,238
Ferga Grant – Limerick East  246
Donnchadha MacRaghnaill – Louth   570
Seamus McDonagh – Meath  790
Sean Hill – Tipperary South  407
Anthony Wright– Waterford  552
Paddy Gallagher – Waterford 2,855
Michael Enright – Wexford  1,250
John McManus- Wicklow  3,509

Noel Murphy  –Cork North Central 182
Deirdre Buggle -Dublin South Central 186
Michael Wall -Dublin South Central 102
Jean Roche  –Dublin West  72
John Montgomery  -Dublin West   183

Philip O’Connor – Dublin North Central  681
Eamonn Maloney -Dublin South West  223
Michael Conaghan  -Dublin West  600
Jim Kemmy -Limerick East   5,920 **Elected

Brigid Makowski -Clare   644
Tony Gregory -Dublin Central 7,721 ** Elected
Declan Bree -Sligo Leitrim 2,584
Seamus Healy -Tipperary South  1,457

** I’ve linked to candidates Leaflets from that 1987 Election.

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