National Action were a Far Right 'Movement in existence from 1952 to the early 1960's. They advocated "A National Non-Party Plan for the establishment of an Original Irish System of government based on Christian Social Teaching and on National Unity". They contested the 1954 General Election.
Founded in 1977 with Noel Browne, Matt Merrigan and others involved, The Socialist Labour Party lasted until June 1982. Initially there were high hopes for the party but outside of Noel Browne, electoral success evaded them.
Just re-releasing an older episodes of the podcast --- A look at candidates that campaigned on the issue of Television Services , with a background to the MMDS and TV Deflector rows over the years. Billy Kirwin in 1977 was the first and Tom Gildea was the most successful getting elected in 1997
In the 1977 General Election, a number of members of The Liaison Committee of The Labour Left stood as Independent Labour candidates. Among them were Noel Browne and Matt Merrigan. This episode covers the issues in the Labour Party in the mid 70's which were part of the leadup to the candidates running as Independent Labour. Many of those in The Liaison Committee of The Labour Left were involved in the Socialist Labour Party set up later in 1977.
(A rerecording of the first podcast episode where the sound was awful) In the 1991 Local Elections CRAG made National Headlines when taking 4 seats on Cavan County Council. They ran candidates in subsequent elections too.
Founded in 1936, The Farmers Trade Union were based in Cavan and had branches in Monaghan, Leitrim and Longford also. They contested Local Elections in Cavan winning seats in a number of elections. In 1955 they dissolved to become part of the National Farmers Union.
Founded in January 1971, The Socialist Party of Ireland were a pro Soviet Party that subscribed to the Two Nations Theory. Based mainly around Ballymun and Tallaght they contested the 1977 and 1981 General Elections as well as the 1979 Local Elections. IN 1982 they became part of the new Democratic Socialist Party.
In November 1982 Terry Moroney stood as a candidate in Waterford backed by various Unemployed Groups within the County. Moroney had been one of those that took part in the "March For Decent Jobs" from Dungarvan to Dublin that Summer. This episode tells the story of the march as well as the election campaign.
In 1977, with Tullamore Hospital under threat of downgrading, the Tullamore Hospital Campaign selected Jim Guinan (A former Monetary Reform Party, Fine Gael and then Independent Councillor) to run in the General Election.
Set up in the early 1980's by Antoinette Clancy, The Women's Political Party main aim was to provide a Party for women made up of women, providing a path into politics for women in a male dominated Political world. They Campaigned in the 1983 Abortion Referendum (Against) and the 1986 Divorce Referendum (Advocating a Yes Vote). They never, however contested elections.
The Monetary Reform Party were founded in the early 1940's, had Oliver J Flanagan elected as a TD in 1943. There was a split and Flanagan's Laois -Offaly group went their own way before joining Fine Gael. The Remaining Monetary Reform Party had elected reps until the early 1970's.
Founded in late 1993, The South Kerry Independent Alliance has been one of the most successful of our small parties as they still hold a seat on Kerry County Council.
You'll find material from the Party here
The National Party were a Party with a Catholic Ethos led by Nora Bennis that contested the 1997 General Election, 1998 Limerick East by-election and 2002 General Election before renaming itself The Catholic Democrats and contesting the 2014 European and 2016 General Elections.
Set up in 1967, The Donegal Progressive Party drew its support mostly from the Unionist and Protestant community in East Donegal. It held a seat on Donegal County Council from 1967 until 1999 and went off the register of political parties in 2009.
Founded in 1930, The Revolutionary Workers Groups / Revolutionary Workers Party contested the 1930 Dublin Municipal Elections. Set up by Moscow as a result of a lack of trust in Jim Larkin Senior, they were a major part of the reformed Communist Party of Ireland in 1933.
A look at The Immigration Control Platform, which were involved in Electoral Politics from 1997 to 2009 and gained a lot of publicity during that period. They were the first of the modern Far Right parties that now exist here.
The Seniors Solidarity Party was set up in 2008 as a reaction to the introduction of the means test for Medical Cards for the over 70's. Although enjoying nationwide support, it fielded just one candidate , Party leader John Wolfe, in the 2009 Local Elections and never stood in an election again
Originally set up as a lobby group The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee have been very influential in Roscommon Politics since first entering the electoral arena in 1985. They have had Councillors from 1985 to the present day and Tom Foxe served as a TD for the group from 1989 to 1997.
A look at The United Left Alliance, formed in late 2010 by The Socialist Party, People Before Profit (SWP), WUAG and Independents. Although not a registered Party the Alliance contested the 2011 General Election before eventually dissolving in 2013.
A look at the H-Block candidates that ran in the 1981 General Election, not just the Official Anti H-Block Armagh candidates but others such as Independent Fianna Fáil, Peoples Democracy and Anti H-Block Independents.
A look at the Irish Independence Party which ran from 1977 until the late 1980's. They fielded 4 candidates in the 1979 UK Elections and were at their height winning 21 seats in the 1981 Northern Irish Local Elections. Sinn Féin's decision to contest Northern Elections resulted in much of the IIPs support being lost.
The National Labour Party were a split from The Labour Party that lasted from 1944 to 1950. The split was due to various factors but mainly that Jim Larkin Snr had been allowed join the party and then selected to run for Labour in 1943, against the wishes of the ITGWU. The National Labour Party felt that Labour Party was overrun with Communists. The differences were finally settled in 1950, when the two parties were serving in Government together.
In the 1970's and 80's the tax burden on PAYE workers was huge. It led to massive protests calling for farmers and self employed to be brought into the Tax net. Growing from those protests was The National Association for the Protection of PAYE Earners (NAPPE). The Tax Reform League became the Political wing of NAPPE and contested the 1987 General Election.
This is the story of the Aontacht Éireann party founded by former Fianna Fáil Minister Kevin Boland in 1971. More Republican than Fianna Fáil they were Initially popular, however the party went downhill, losing all it's seats in the 1973 General Election and 1974 Local Elections.
A look at the Jim Kemmy led Democratic Socialist Party that lasted from 1982 to 1990 before they merged with The Labour Party. It was the first Party here to back Abortion in certain circumstances , were anti Nationalist and very much in favour of the separation of Church and State.
A look at the 1969 General Election campaign of Eunan Curristan of The South West Donegal Hospitalization Committee. He was the first major Independent Hospital candidate to run in a General Election here.
This episode covers the surprise election of Independent Bernie Murphy to Cork Corporation in 1985 in a campaign the likes of which hadn't been seen before in Cork. The reaction to his election as well as looking at his 1987 Dáil Campaign and 1991 Local Elections Campaign.
This episode covers the pro-life Christian party Muintir na hÉireann led by Richard Greene that were very active in the 1990's against Abortion and Divorce. By the time the 1997 General Election came along there were two groups using the Muintir na hÉireann name following a split. The Muintir na hÉireann led by Greene stood in the 1997 General Election.
The episode covers Noel "Flukey" Gorman and his outing in November 1982 for the "Sligo Leitrim Society for the prevention of cruelty to constituents by lying and cheating politicians" and 1987 and 1994 outings for "The All Night Party" .
The Natural Law Party stood in Irish Elections (both North and South) during the 1990s. They were famous for their advocation of Natural Law and the promotion of solving the worlds issues via Yogic Flying.
Córas na Poblachta were a Republican Party founded in 1940 that lasted until 1944. They were seen as a forerunner of Clann na Poblachta. Made up initially of Old IRA men and Civil War Veterans it had many new policies such as a Childrens Allowance that was later adopted by other parties.
This episode looks at The Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement - Gluaiseacht Cearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta which contested the 1969 and 1973 General Elections and were a catalyst for many changes in Government policy towards Gaeltacht areas.
This Episode covers Lia Fáil an extreme group set up in 1957 to stop Emigration, Redistribute Land and among other things provide Nuclear Weapons to the Irish Army to invade the North and an army of emigrants to destroy the British Empire. They fielded a candidate in the 1960 Local Elections.
This episode covers the Cork based Anti Emigration Movement that fielded candidates in the 1960 Local Elections. They were also part of the broader Emigration Action Movement which was formed as a National Umbrella group for like minded groups and parties.
This episode covers the campaign of the two Fishermen candidates (Coastal Community Candidates) that stood in the November 1982 General Election. Joe O'Shea in Kerry South and John L Sullivan in Cork South West.
They were drawing attention to the issues faced by Fishermen especially to do with Herring quotas in the Celtic Sea. They had a wider agenda of development of the onshore fishing industry and the jobs that could bring to coastal areas.
This is the story of the short lived Community Democrats of Ireland who contested the 1979 European Elections. They had a series of self inflicted mishaps during their lifetime which contributed to them not being a success. They are a lesson in what not to do if you found a new party.
This episode tell the story of the Independent Fianna Fáil party founded by Neil T. Blaney after his expulsion from Fianna Fáil. It lasted from 1973 until 2006. There's a background to Blaney , a brief bit on his career as a Minister, Blaneys time in Europe as well as the various elections the party fought,
In the 1957 General Election, The Irish Housewives Association stood three candidates. Mairead McGunness in Dublin North East, Beatrice Dixon in Dublin South West and Kathleen Swanton in Dublin North Central. This episode is about the campaign, a brief history of the Irish Housewives Association as well as touching on Women in Politics.
A look at the campaigns of four different Unionist candidates that ran for the Dáil in the 80's and 90's. Stan Gebler Davies in Cork South West in 1987, Michael Brooks in Donegal North East in 1987, Patrick Melly in Sligo Leitrim in 1992 and John McDonald in the 1998 Dublin North Bye-Election.
This episode covers The Cork Socialist Party which existed in Cork in the mid 1940's and also how the voting age change in 1973 led to a number of Independent Youth candidates standing in the 1974 Local Elections
This episode covers The Cannabis Legalisation Party who ran two candidates in The 1997 General Election and The Justice Party of Ubi Dwyer who ran in two of the elections in the early 80's. Theres an obituary of Ubi Dwyer here which gives a great insight into his time in the UK especially
This episode takes a look at a number of Gay candidates running in Elections in Ireland in the 1980's. Liz Noonan a Lesbian Feminist in 1981,Feb 1982 and November 1982 , Tonie Walsh in the 1985 Local Elections as well as The Three Gay and Lesbian Equality Campaign candidates in the 1989 General Election.
There is also a look at The Political Organisation for Work which ran a candidate in the 1997 General Election in Dublin South. It was the first mention of Direct Democracy in an Irish Election.
Voice of Wicklow were a split in Fine Gael in Wicklow caused by Shane Ross being added to the ticket in the 1991 Local Elections. Gluais Linn were a short-lived party that stood in the 1945 Municipal Elections in Limerick.
A look at candidates that campaigned on the issue of Television Services , with a background to the MMDS and TV Deflector rows over the years. Billy Kirwin in 1977 was the first and Tom Gildea was the most successful getting elected in 1997