"The Others" The Alan Kinsella PodcastDec 31, 2021
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.