The Cork Unemployed Party
The Cork Unemployed Association/ Cork Unemployed Party ran from the early 1930's to the late 1940's. The Contested Municipal Elections and a General Election. This episode briefly covers attitudes to Unemployment at the time as well as a little history of benefits available to the Unemployed.
January 24, 2022
The Greater Dublin Constitutional Group
Founded for the 1930 Municipal Elections in Dublin, The Greater Dublin Constitutional Group were a Cumann na nGaedheal aligned group that were the biggest Party on Dublin Corporation between 1930 and 1933.
January 12, 2022
The Voice of Wicklow
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. (Previously Released)
December 31, 2021
The Motor Insurance Justice Action Group
Founded in 1999 The Motor Insurance Justice Action Group fought for the rights of young drivers crippled with exorbitant costs for Car Insurance. In the 2002 General Election they nominated David Green to run in Dublin Mid West.
December 21, 2021
National Democratic Party
The National Democratic Party and Land League were founded in 1923 to appeal to small farmers and leaseholders. It contested the 1923 General Election and disbanded shortly afterwards.
December 15, 2021
The Socialist Environmental Alliance
Founded in 2001 , The Derry based Socialist Environmental Alliance was associated with the SWP and contested a number of elections before dissolving in 2008 with much of the membership joining People Before Profit.
December 08, 2021
The Independents Health Alliance
The Independents Health Alliance stood eight candidates in the 2002 General Election. Among them Finian McGrath who was elected. Others included the now Fine Gael Councillor Molly Buckley in Laois Offaly and former Limerick Hurling manager Tom Ryan.
December 01, 2021
The Planning Reform Party
Founded by Noel O'Gara, The Planning Reform Party stood in 4 constituencies in the 2007 General Election and also in the 2009 Dublin South By-Election. The Party objected to the planning system.
November 24, 2021
The United Citizens Party
The United Citizens Party contested the 1930 Local Elections in Dun Laoghaire. This episode takes a look at them and also at the Cumann na nGaedheal attitude to contesting Local Elections as well as Fine Gaels attitude to contesting them.
November 17, 2021
The Women's Social and Progressive League
The Women's Social and Progressive League was a women's organisation founded in Ireland in 1937 by Hanna Sheehy Skeffington. It was committed to opposing the 1937 constitution of Ireland and any regressive consequences it would entail; the organisation opposed articles 40, 41, and 45 concerning the status of women. In the 1943 General Election Hanna Sheehy Skeffington stood as an Independent backed by The Women's Social and Progressive League.
November 10, 2021
The Letterkenny Residents Party
One of the smallest registered parties, The Letterkenny Residents Party were founded in 2008, contested the Letterkenny Town ouncil Elections in 2009 and the Letterkenny/Milford area in the 2014 Local Elections. Tom Crossan was elected to Letterkenny Town Council in 2009.
November 03, 2021
Cumann Poblachta na hÉireann -Episode 71
Cumann Poblachta na hÉireann were a Short lived Republican Party set up by the IRA in early 1936. They contested the 1936 Dublin Municipal Elections as well as two Dail By-Elections in Galway and Wexford in the same year. They dissolved in 1938.
October 27, 2021
The Taxation Justice Alliance -Episode 70
Growing from the Anti Water Charges movement in the mid 90's, The Taxation Justice Alliance included The Socialist Party, Seamus Healy, Paddy Mulcahy and Owen Poole and contested the 1997 General Election. Aside from being anti Service Charges, it wanted a fairer tax system for PAYE workers, changes to allowances and the wealthy to be taxed more.
October 20, 2021
Independent ex Fianna Fáil candidates in the 1937 General Election
In the 1937 General Election there were seven candidates running as Independents that had left Fianna Fáil in the previous six months. Three were outgoing TD's. Some had been selected at a Selection Convention but rejected by The National Executive, others rejected at a Convention and others had left the party in a disagreement over policy.
October 13, 2021
Youth Defence and the 1992 General Election
A look at the Youth Defence Campaign in and leading up to the 1992 General Election, which was held on the same day as three Abortion Referenda.
October 06, 2021
Franklin Dee -Episode 67
A look at the 1979 Local Elections Campaign of DJ Franklin Dee who ran in Navan UDC and for Meath Co. Council. Has a bit of a twist in it and a brief look at Show business and politics.
September 29, 2021
National Association of Tenants Organisations running in Drogheda 1991 and 1994
This episode covers the NATO candidates in the 1991 and 1994 Local Elections as well as the issues in The Workers' Party that led a number of Drogheda based members to leave in 1989.
September 22, 2021
The National Legal Justice Action Group -Episode 65
Founded in 1986, The National Legal Justice Action Group campaigned against Negligence, Corruption and other issues with the Legal Profession as well as taking up the cases of Father Niall Molloy and Patrick Nugent. It contested the 1987 and 1989 General Elections.
September 15, 2021
Unbought Tenants' Association
Representing the remaining Tenant Farmers the Unbought Tenants' Association contested the 1923 General Election and the 1925 Stormont Election. They had been in existence since the early 1900's.
September 08, 2021
The People's Party of Ireland
Set up in 1984, The People's Party of Ireland contested the 1985 Local Elections and the 1987 General Election before dissolving in 1988. Led by Joe McCormack it won a Seat on Portlaoise Town Commission in 1985.
September 01, 2021
The Businessman's Party -Episode 62
The Businessman's Party contested the 1923 General Election, having two candidates elected. An interesting group that felt business interests needed to be at the fore of the new State. They dissolved a few years later, confident that their aims were in the main being met by the existing Parties.
August 25, 2021
The Fox Wicklow Independent Organisation
Former in 1992, The Wicklow Independent Organisation had Johnny Fox and Mildred Fox elected to the Dail, as well as Mildred and Christopher Fox elected to Wicklow County Council. A very successful organisation , it never lost an election.
August 18, 2021
Seamus Costello -Independent Sinn Féin
Having been suspended by Official Sinn Féin, Seamus Costello contested the 1974 Local Elections as an Independent Sinn Féin candidate.
August 11, 2021
The Young Ireland Party - Episode 59
Founded in 1953, The Young Ireland Party fielded 3 candidates in the 1954 General Election and disappeared soon afterwards.
August 04, 2021
The Carlow Cottage Tenants Association
The Carlow Cottage Tenants Association fielded five candidates in the 1955 Local Elections in Carlow. They were mainly concerned with the issues of Farm Labourers and Cottage Tenants.
July 28, 2021
National Action -Episode 57
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.
July 21, 2021
The Socialist Labour Party -Episode 56
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.
July 14, 2021
Archive -- TV Candidates from Billy Kirwin in 1977 to Tom Gildea in 1997
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
July 12, 2021
Independent (Anti-Coalition) Labour candidates in the 1977 General Election
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.
July 07, 2021
The Cavan Road Action Group
(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.
June 30, 2021
Farmers Trade Union -Episode 53
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.
June 23, 2021
The Liberal Party of Ireland -Episode 52
Set up in 1967, The Liberal Party of Ireland contested a number of by-elections before becoming defunct in late 1969. They raised issues such as Mental Health and family planning.
June 16, 2021
The Socialist Party of Ireland (1971)
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.
June 09, 2021
Terence Moroney -Unemployed Candidate November 1982 Waterford -Episode 50
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.
June 02, 2021
The 1977 Tullamore Hospital Committee Election Campaign -Episode 49
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.
May 26, 2021
The Women's Political Party -Episode 48
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.
May 18, 2021
The Monetary Reform Party -Episode 47
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.
May 11, 2021
The South Kerry Independent Alliance -Episode 46
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 https://irishelectionliterature.com/category/south-kerry-independent-alliance-skia/
May 05, 2021
The National Party / Catholic Democrats
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.
April 28, 2021
The Donegal Progressive Party -Episode 44
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.
April 21, 2021
The Revolutionary Workers Party -Episode 43
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.
April 14, 2021
Immigration Control Platform -Episode 42
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.
April 07, 2021
The Seniors Solidarity Party - Episode 41
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
March 30, 2021
Nan Joyce -Episode 40
A look at the November 1982 General Election campaign of Nan Joyce , the first member of the Travelling Community to run for the Dáil.
March 23, 2021
The Roscommon Hospital Action Committee -Episode 39
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.
March 16, 2021
The United Left Alliance -Episode 38
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.
March 09, 2021
H-Block candidates in the 1981 General Election
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.
March 02, 2021
The Irish Independence Party -Episode 36
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.
February 24, 2021
The National Labour Party -Episode 35
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.
February 17, 2021
The PAYE Tax Reform League -Episode 34
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.
February 10, 2021
Aontacht Éireann -Episode 33
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.
February 03, 2021
Democratic Socialist Party (updated)
The story of the Jim Kemmy led DSP
January 27, 2021
The Democratic Socialist Party -Episode 32
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.
January 27, 2021
Ailtirí na hAiséirghe -Episode 31
Ailtirí na hAiséirghe were a Fascist Party founded in March 1942 and led by Gearóid Ó Cuinneagáin. They contested the 1943, 1944 and 1948 General Elections and won 9 seats in the 1945 Local Elections.
January 20, 2021
Father Liam Sharkey 1999 European Elections Campaign -Episode 30
A look at the 1999 European Elections Campaign of Father Liam Sharkey, the last Catholic Priest to run for election here.
January 13, 2021
The 1969 South West Donegal Hospitalization Committee candidate Eunan Curristan -Episode 29
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.
January 05, 2021
Bernie Murphy - Episode 28
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.
December 16, 2020
Muintir na hÉireann -Episode 27
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.
December 09, 2020
Episode 26 - The All Night Party / Sligo Leitrim Society for the prevention of cruelty to constituents by lying and cheating politicians
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" .
December 02, 2020
The Natural Law Party -Episode 25
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.
November 25, 2020
Córas na Poblachta- Episode 24
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.
November 18, 2020
The Gaeltacht Civil Rights Movement - Gluaiseacht Cearta Sibhialta na Gaeltachta -Episode 23
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.
November 11, 2020
Lia Fáil -Episode 22
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.
November 04, 2020
The Emigration Action Movement -Episode 21
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.
October 28, 2020
Fishermen (Coastal Community ) Candidates from the November 1982 General Election. -Episode 20
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.
October 21, 2020
Father Paddy Ryan Campaign in the 1989 European Elections -Episode 19
This Episode cover the 1989 European Elections campaign of Father Paddy Ryan as well as his background and the issue of Extradition in the 1980's
October 14, 2020
The Community Democrats Of Ireland - Episode 18
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.
October 07, 2020
Independent Fianna Fáil (Blaney) - Episode 17
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,
September 30, 2020
The Irish Housewives Association -Episode 16
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.
September 23, 2020
The National Progressive Democrats -Episode 15
The National Progressive Democrats was a Left Wing Party set up by Noel Browne and Jack McQuillan in 1958. It lasted until 1963 when Browne and McQuillan joined the Labour Party,
September 16, 2020
Unionist Dáil candidates in the 1980's and 90's -Episode 14
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.
September 09, 2020
Poblacht Chríostúil (Christian Republic)
Poblacht Chríostúil was an Irish political party active from 1956 to the late 1960s. It advocated Catholic social teaching, a planned economy and national self-sufficiency.
September 02, 2020
The Cork Socialist Party and Independent Youth candidates from the 1974 Local Elections
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
August 26, 2020
The Army Wives Campaign in 1989
This episode covers the Army Wives Campaign in the 1989 General Election as well as The National Army Spouses Association.
August 19, 2020
The Cannabis Legalisation Party in 1997 and The Justice Party of Ubi Dwyer in the early 80's -Episode 10
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
August 12, 2020
The Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) -Episode 9
This episode covers The Internationalists, Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) and their affiliated groups. Tells the story of their foundation in 1965, until their demise in 2000.
August 05, 2020
Gay candidates in the 1980's and The Political Organistion For Work (POW) from 1997 . Episode 8
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.
July 30, 2020
The Voice of Wicklow and Gluais Linn. Episode 7
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.
July 22, 2020
TV Candidates from Billy Kirwin in 1977 to Tom Gildea in 1997 -Episode 6
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
July 15, 2020
Irish Haemophilia Society candidates in 1991 and The Monster Raving Looney Party - Episode 5
This episode covers The Four Irish Haemophilia Society candidates in the 1991 Local Elections and also covers The Monster Raving Looney Party appearance in the 1997 General Election in Dun Laoghaire
July 10, 2020
The Waterford People's Party- Episode 4 - ‘The Others'- The Alan Kinsella Podcast
A look at the Waterford People's Party a split from the Workers' Party in Waterford in the mid 1980's.
July 02, 2020
Episode 3 -The Christian Principles Party and Christian Centrist Party’
‘The Others'- The Alan Kinsella Podcast -Episode 3 -The Christian Principles Party and Christian Centrist Party’
June 27, 2020
Episode 2: The Blindmens Party and Cine Gael
A brief look at two small parties. The Blindmans Party that stood in June 1927 and Cine Gael that stood in 1954
June 22, 2020