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19 election posters that prove Irish politicians are the best in the world*

*At making election posters. And assorted other pieces of political literature.

ELECTION POSTERS ARE an unmissable part of the Irish political landscape. And for that reason, our politicians have become masters of the art of election literature. Here we present the greatest moments in the history of Irish election posters (and leaflets, and maildrops, and publicity handouts…)

1. This undefeatable election slogan

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2. This homage to the X Factor

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3. This future minister recalling her favourite chat-up line and calling Brian Cowen a sexy beast

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4. Kenny (now Kenneth) Egan pledging to keep it real

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5. Eamon Gilmore, shortly after flunking his role as Michael Douglas’s co-star in Wall Street

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6. Ming Flanagan firing up an enormous bifta 

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(It’s actually a cable tie.)

7. The Progressive Democrats

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8. Ming taking personal command of Roscommon’s entire EU lapel quota

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9. Dan McCarthy’s dogs being totally unimpressed

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10. This

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11. Jackie Healy-Rae setting up his Bebo (probably)

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BRB, on the super info highway.

12. Sean Clerkin outlining the two options for youth

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13. This man’s invincible moustache

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14. Alan Shatter’s record

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15. Alan Shatter’s balls

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16. Alan Shatter’s Star Trek rig-out

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17. Mrs Sweeney inviting everyone for tea in Donegal

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18. This man

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19. This inexplicable abomination

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And the greatest Irish election poster of all time.

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Thanks to Irish Election Literature for their help compiling this article. You can see many of the leaflets from this post, and many more, in the current exhibition What You Maybe Meant To Keep at the National Print Museum in Dublin. The exhibition runs until May 27 and is co-curated by Alan Kinsella of Irish Election Literature and Dr Ciarán Swan of The Irish Left Archive.

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