Political Papers & Political Prsioners

Statement by An tUactaráin Éamon de Valera on the reason for the commutation of his death sentence in 1916, 3 July 1969.

Letter from Isaac Butt to [Michael] Davitt, 25 February 1876. Archives Service, Donegal County Council

Letter from Annie Mary Constance ('Connie') Murphy, a Cumann na mBan member from Cork City Jail, to her father, Cornelius J. ('Conn') Murphy, Garville Avenue, Rathgar, Co Dublin, 1 February 1923. UCD Archives

Fianna Fáil election poster, [c 1948]. UCD Archives

Extracts from Autograph Books of political prisoners, 1916-1921. The Allen Library

Extracts from Ballykinlar Internment Camp periodical, Na bac Leis, 1921. The Allen Library


Photograph of republican prisons in Ballykinlar Internment Camp, 1921. The Allen Library


Currency designed by Ballykinlar Internees, 1921. The Allen Library


Programme for Labour Day Celebrations at Ballykinlar Internment Camp, 1921. The Allen Library

Local Election Exhibition

2009 saw local elections held throughout Ireland. The Local Authority Archivists Group have compiled an exhibition on local elections to raise the profile of the elections and hopefully encourage more people to use their vote. The exhibition will travel to all participating local authorities and will be supplemented by items from the county archives collection.The focus of the exhibition is two-fold: the first, a background history of local elections since the Local Government Act 1898, and the various changes made to how they are run since; and the second, an explanation of how elections are run now, how a candidate is nominated, who is entitled to vote, and how the voting and counting is carried out.

There are 8 main topics in the exhibition:

Panel 1:  Franchise & the Local Government Act 1898
Panel 2:  The First Local Election - Thursday 6th April 1898
Panel 3:  Results of First Elections and Their Consequences
Panel 4:  Famous Elections
Panel 5:  Election Campaigns
Panel 6:  The Public Use Their Vote to Have Their Say
Panel 7:  Modus Operandi
Panel 8:  Election Years & Legislative Changes

The exhibition was launched by Mr John Gormley, TD, Minister for Environment and Local Government on Monday 3 November 2008 in Fingal County Council's County Hall. The Local Authority Archivists Group would like to gratefully acknowledge the support and assistance of the Heritage Council, and Dr Hugh Maguire in particular, for this project, and to Fingal County Council.

Panels from the exhibition are available here in pdf format.

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