"The Others" The Alan Kinsella Podcast
"The Others" The Alan Kinsella PodcastMar 02, 2023
The Legion of Ex-Servicemen / British Legion
This Episode covers The Legion of Ex-Servicemen (Later the British Legion) that contested a number of Irish elections between 1925 and 1934.
GOD -For Bible Readings In The Dail
The National Group
Founded in 1924 , the Party was a split from Cumann na nGaedheal caused by the treatment of Army Officers in the 1924 Army Mutiny. This episode covers the Party as well as the Army Mutiny. The Group were also known as The National League and National Party
The Independent Dublin Dream Team Band
Post Office Candidates in Roscommon in 1991
In early 1991, An Post issued details of a massive cost cutting plan which involved the closure and downgrading of various Post Offices throughout the Country as well as the introduction of roadside boxes for those whose dwellings were a distance from the road. Two 'Post Office Candidates' , Paul Beirne and Danny Burke stood in Roscommon in the Local Elections as a protest.
The United Labour Party
Founded in 1978, The United Labour Party contested a number of elections in Northern Ireland. A Socialist Non Sectarian Party, among those involved were Paddy Devlin and John Coulthard. They petered out around 1984, with some members later becoming part of the Labour 87 group.
This episode covers The Militant Tendency, Militant Labour in Ireland up until their renaming as The Socialist Party. Their origin, activities in Labour, expulsion and as a separate entity.
James Clarke running as an Old IRA candidate in 1944
A look at the 1944 General Election Campaign of James Clarke running as an Old IRA candidate in Laois Offaly. This episode also has a brief history of the Old IRA, their aims, objectives and so on.
Patrick Belton - Independent -September 1927
Having been elected for Fianna Fáil in June 1927, Patrick Belton took his seat in the Dail and was expelled from Fianna Fáil for doing so. He stood as an Independent in September 1927. He later stood for Cumann na nGaedheal and was elected for them in 1933. One of the few people to have been elected as a TD for both Fianna Fáil and Cumann na nGaedheal.
Jack Murphy and The Unemployed Protest Committee
In the 1957 General Election, Independent Unemployed Protest Committee candidate Jack Murphy caused a shock when elected to the Dail. This episode looks at Murphy and the Unemployed Protest Committee that he was a co-founder of.
Peadar Cowan and Vanguard
A look at the Vanguard a far Left group set up by Peadar Cowan in 1944 as well as Cowan's Political career in Labour and Clann Na Poblachta.
"Former Captain NI Football Team" Derek Dougan 1997 Election Campaign in East Belfast
A look at the 1997 Westminster Election Campaign of former Northern Ireland International Derek Dougan as well as a bit on his football career, time at the PFA and so on.
United Front Labour
United Front Labour was an Alliance of The Communist Party of Ireland, Socialist Party of Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Labour Party and various Trade Union groups that contested the 1936 Municipal and Guardians elections in Belfast. This episode covers initial overtures about Left Unity as well as the election campaigns themselves.
Ulster Christian Democrat Party
The Ulster Christian Democrat Party contested the 1996 Forum Elections.They wanted all churches to recognise the Northern Irish state, Northern Ireland to be renamed 'Ulster', to become Independent and be part of the Commonwealth. Their Website
Martin Brennan -Independent Republican -1937 General Election in Sligo
In the 1937 General Election, War of Independence and Civil War veteran Martin Brennan ran as an Independent Republican in Sligo. This episode looks at that campaign and briefly looks at his War of Independence record and time as a Fianna Fail TD.
The National Citizens Movement
Founded in 2014, The National Citizens Movement grew out of The Anti Water Charges and wider anti Austerity Movement. They contested the 2015 Carlow Kilkenny By-Election before merging with Direct Democracy Ireland in December 2015.
Howth Development Association
Howth Development Association held a number of seats on the Howth UDC in the 1930's promoting Tourism and Industry in the area. Howth UDC lasted from 1918 to 1942.
The Cork Civic Party
Founded in 1945, The Cork Civic Party had representation on Cork Corporation until they disbanded in 1966. They represented Business interests in the City.
The Monaghan Protestant Association
Founded in 1926, The County Monaghan Protestant Association represented Protestant interests on Monaghan County Council until 1999. They also backed various Dail candidates over that period with Alexander Hasslet serving three terms as a TD.
Meath Centre Left
Founded in 2014, Meath Centre Left contested the 2014 Local Elections, running two candidates in Ashbourne
The Community Party
Founded in 1985 , The Community Party contested the 1985 Local Elections for Letterkenny UDC and had a Councillor elected. This episode also covers the debate around slot machines in Donegal in that period.
Ciaran McKeown -1969 Dublin South West
In the 1969 General Election, the then President of USI Ciaran McKeown ran in Dublin South West as an Independent. This episode covers McKeown in College, USI, the election, the aftermath and his life afterwards.
William Lawless - Fianna Fáil Convention Choice -1953 Wicklow by-Election
In 1953 William Lawless was selected at the Fianna Fáil Convention to contest the WIcklow By-Election. However He wasn't ratified by Party HQ and Paudge Brennan who came second in the Convention was chosen as the Party Candidate. Lawless ran as an Independent under the banner of The "Fianna Fáil Convention Choice" Candidate. Locally much of the Party supported him.
The Dublin City Group
Initially The Fine Gael Dublin City Group, in 1963 they met and hosted Young Unionists in Dublin and Belfast, by doing so they recognised The Constitution of Northern Ireland. For taking that position they were rebuked by The Fine Gael Leadership and subsequently resigned en masse from the Party. They continued as the Dublin City Group. In the 1965 General Election Jim Deegan stood as an Independent backed by The Dublin City Group. He also stood in the 1970 Dublin South County By-Election.
William Abbey Of The Holy Cross Fitzsimons
A regular on ballot papers in the 1980's, William Abbey Of The Holy Cross Fitzsimons contested multiple elections, standing often in multiple constituencies, always without success.
Clann Na Saoirse
Founded in early 1967, Clann Na Saoirse were a Republican, Anti Common Market Party that contested the 1967 Cork Borough By-Election. They only lasted until late 1968 or early 1969.
The Christian Democrat Party of Ireland
Founded in 1961 and led by Sean D. Loftus (later Dublin Bay Loftus), The Christian Democrat Party of Ireland advocated a Small State and Socially conservative teachings. They contested a number of General Elections before disbanding in the early 1980's.
The Cork Unemployed Party
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.
The Voice of Wicklow
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
National Association of Tenants Organisations running in Drogheda 1991 and 1994
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.
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.
The People's Party of Ireland
The Businessman's Party -Episode 62
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.
Seamus Costello -Independent Sinn Féin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Cavan Road Action Group
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.
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.
The Socialist Party of Ireland (1971)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Revolutionary Workers Party -Episode 43
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Democratic Socialist Party (updated)
The Democratic Socialist Party -Episode 32
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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" .
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Emigration Action Movement -Episode 21
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.
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
The Community Democrats Of Ireland - Episode 18
Independent Fianna Fáil (Blaney) - Episode 17
The Irish Housewives Association -Episode 16
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,
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.
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.
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
The Army Wives Campaign in 1989
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
The Communist Party of Ireland (Marxist-Leninist) -Episode 9
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.
The Voice of Wicklow and Gluais Linn. Episode 7
TV Candidates from Billy Kirwin in 1977 to Tom Gildea in 1997 -Episode 6
Irish Haemophilia Society candidates in 1991 and The Monster Raving Looney Party - Episode 5
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.